Inspection periods, and
user maintenance information

Inspection of Safety equipment
for Work at Height.

Legal requirements and standards

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) require employers to maintain fall arrest equipment in good repair. In addition, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations should be inspected at suitable intervals and each time exceptional circumstances which might jeopardise safety have occurred.

BS EN 365:2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging gives general requirements for periodic inspection and states that components should be examined ‘at least twelve-monthly although manufacturers of textile products usually recommend inspection more frequently than this.

Inspection, Testing and Recertification Service

In accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 and BS EN 365:2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height, employers are required to ensure that all personal safety equipment for working at height is regularly inspected, maintained in a good condition. Furthermore, the Work at Height Regulations 2005, specifies that any safety equipment that will deteriorate through use must be inspected at suitable intervals.
When FPE is purchased, it carries manufacturer’s advice relative to usage and maintenance. Safety harnesses and Lanyards have a working life of five years. They will have a unique serial number for traceability.
As part of our recertification and inspection service we offer a Periodic Detailed Inspection service and will inspect and certify the following working at height safety components:
  • Safety Harnesses:
  • Work Restraint Lanyards:
  • Adjustable Work Positioning Lanyard:
  • Fall Arrest Lanyard with Integral Arrest Pack:
  • Horizontal Lifelines
  • Connectors and Karabiners
We sell self-retracting lifelines manufactured by Ikar and can arrange to have these manufacturer inspected ,repaired where necessary and re-certified.
These devices need to be returned to the manufacturers dedicated repair facility.
A thorough inspection will check for evidence of webbing and stitch pattern damage plus Abrasion, UV degradation, Heat damage to the webbing or rope. Metal components are inspected for damage, corrosion to the material and that the full range of motion is still possible.
Once an inspection has taken place on an item of FPE, its serial number is uploaded to our managed Service database.
The component is tagged for easy identification with its next inspection date.
A new inspection record card is issued to the user.
For further information, or to book your inspection service, please contact us.

Recommended Inspection regime

We recommend a two-level inspection regime.

Level 1 – Pre-Use Inspections (PUI)

  • Scissorsafe components should be inspected pre-use every time.
  • Pre-Use Inspections should be tactile and visual. Pass the component slowly through the hands looking for small cuts, softening or hardening of fibres, ingress of contaminants
A visual check should be undertaken in good light and will normally take a few minutes.
  • The User Record Card supplied with the component holds a photographic guide of the components key points and has tick boxes to confirm its integrity.

Level 2 – Periodic Detailed Inspections (PDI)

  • These are more formal, in-depth inspections.
  • The frequency of the PDI should be decided after consideration of the factors affecting the equipment e.g. the nature and severity of workplace conditions affecting the equipment its specific application and the duration of time the component is in use.
    It is recommended that there is a detailed inspection by a suitably qualified inspector at least every twelve months but for frequently used lanyards it is suggested that this is increased to three or six months dependent upon the factors stated earlier.
  • If the PDI has been arranged through Scissorsafe Ltd. The Inspector will upload the serial to our Managed Service Database, Tag the component for easy identification with its next inspection date shown.
  • A new inspection record card is issued to the user.

Certification of Safety equipment
for Work at Height

A Certificate of Compliance is issued with every component carrying the following information

Date of Manufacture (DOM)

This Is the Month and Year of Manufacture

Date of Sale.

This is completed immediately before we despatch the component to the customer

Date of First Use.

The new owner of the component add’s this date to the certificate and User Record Card.

The component (unless otherwise stated) is valid for
10 years from the Date of Manufacture but has a service
life of 5 years from Date of First Use.