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When you work at height, you want to be sure that the equipment you’re using is safe to use and complies with all legislative requirements. Once the equipment has been installed it must be maintained and examined at least once a year as outlined in legislation and standards such as BS 7883:2019 and BS EN 365 in order to ensure it is safe to use.

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Fall Protection Inspection & Certification FAQs

1. What types of fall protection systems does Safesite certify?
Safesite certifies a comprehensive range of fall protection systems, including fall arrest systems, horizontal lifelines, and safety nets. Each system is rigorously tested to meet the strict standards outlined in BS 7883:2019 and BS EN 365, ensuring the highest level of safety for users.

2. Why is regular inspection and certification of fall protection equipment mandatory?
Regular inspections are vital because they ensure all fall protection equipment remains in optimal working condition and complies with safety regulations. These inspections help identify potential malfunctions or wear that could result in life-changing injuries, thus maintaining the necessary safety standards to protect workers.

3. How often should fall protection systems be recertified?
Fall protection systems should be inspected and recertified annually as per legislative requirements to ensure they can safely carry the intended load and function correctly. Safesite offers tailored inspection schedules to meet these legal obligations, including multi-year contracts for enhanced cost efficiency.

4. What specific equipment is covered under Safesite’s fall protection recertification services?
Safesite’s recertification services cover an extensive array of equipment including fall arrest harnesses, safety harnesses, rooftop guardrails, and anchorage systems. Additionally, we provide testing and certification for related safety equipment like lifting devices and lightning protection systems as part of our comprehensive service offerings.

5. What training does Safesite provide following the installation and certification of fall protection systems?
Post-certification, Safesite offers on-site training sessions tailored to educate workers on the proper usage of the installed fall protection systems. Training includes how to correctly don personal protective equipment, perform routine checks for signs of wear, and safely navigate the work area to prevent falls.

6. What are the legal consequences of non-compliance with fall protection standards?
Failing to comply with fall protection standards can lead to severe legal penalties, including fines and prosecution, besides the increased risk of workplace accidents. Ensuring that fall protection solutions are correctly installed, regularly inspected, and certified helps safeguard against these outcomes while protecting your workers' health and safety.

6 Key Steps for Maintaining Compliant Fall Protection Systems
1. Schedule Regular Inspections
Set up a consistent schedule for the annual or biannual inspection of all fall protection equipment. Regular assessments help identify risks, ensure compliance with safety regulations, and maintain the operational integrity of each system.

2. Certify Equipment Annually
Ensure all fall protection systems receive annual certification to confirm they meet legal and safety standards. Safesite provides detailed documentation of compliance and, if necessary, a schedule for remedial work to keep systems up to regulatory standards.

3. Train Your Workforce
Conduct regular training sessions with all employees who use fall protection equipment. Training should cover correct usage, risk identification, and emergency procedures to enhance safety on the job.

4. Implement a Fall Protection Plan
Develop a comprehensive fall protection plan that includes the placement of fall arrest systems, routine safety audits, and clear protocols for equipment use and emergency response. This strategic approach helps minimise risk and ensures practical, everyday application of safety measures.

5. Utilise Customised Fall Protection Solutions
Adapt fall protection solutions to fit the unique needs of your site, which may include custom-designed safety harnesses, full body harnesses, or specialised fall restraint systems. Personalised solutions ensure that all potential hazards are adequately addressed.

6. Keep Detailed Records
Maintain meticulous records of all inspections, certifications, and training sessions. Documentation should include updates on system installations, compliance checks, and any modifications made to the equipment or protocols. This will provide a robust defense in the event of legal scrutiny and support continuous improvement in safety practices.

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