Inspection periods, and
Certification of Safety equipment
for Work at Height
A Certificate of Compliance is issued with every component’s 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.
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.
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 made arranged through Scissorsafe Ltd. Our Inspector will issue a replacement User Record Card for the component if it is fit for purpose after its inspection.
- These User Record Cards can be downloaded from the Resources area of this website.