Mansafe system regulations
The fall protection regulations include BS 7883, BS EN795 and CEN/TS 16415.
The BS 7883 regulation is the code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices confirming to BS EN 795 and CEN/TS 16415.
Under this requirement all systems must not only comply to the installations but also to their respective surrounding areas. So whilst a lifeline system might be designed and installed correctly in itself, if they are not suitable for use due to unsafe fall arrest landing areas then changes may be required.
This can occur if new equipment is installed below the fall risk area after the mansafe system was installed and where it encroaches on the operator fall distance.
How often should lifeline systems be inspected?
The regulation requires the systems are inspected and certificated every 12 months by a competent height safety specialist company. STQ Vantage’s tailored inspection and maintenance services ensure on-going compliance with all legal standards, and the certainty that your fall protection systems can be relied on to protect, restrain or arrest personnel - now and in the future.
A list of systems needing regular maintenance
Roof fall arrest harness anchors
Mansafe fall arrest safety lifeline systems (Mansafe is the generic term for roof fall arrest and fall restraint systems)
Roof deadweight anchors
Roof guardrail systems
The installation and inspection of mansafe / fall protection safety lifeline systems is governed by BS EN795 and CEN/TS 16415, and BS 7883 (the Bristish Standard regulations).
You should also be cognizant with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) when considering working at height as this helps prevent death and injury caused by falls from height.
Annual maintenance of safety fall protection horizontal lifeline system in Bristol, in accordance with BS 7883
Is it mandatory fall protection systems are inspected and certificated?
Precise inspection and testing schedules depend on system and equipment type, environmental conditions and usage. As a general rule though the following minimum regime applies:
The British Standard BS 7883 regulation requires fall arrest safety line mansafe systems to be inspected and certified annually.
The LOLER 1998 regulations require abseiling equipment to be inspected on a 6-monthly basis.
So the answer is 'yes', it is a mandatory requirement to keep them inspected.
Points of consideration:
By keeping your fall protection equipment regularly inspected it ensures deterioration or damage is reported promptly and avoids further problems arising from neglect. A report could bring attention to a partly deployed man safe wire system which might function incorrectly in the event of a fall. This could obviously lead to serious consequences - for both the victim and the duty holder.
In the event of an accident, near-miss or similar incident, HSE may review whether the equipment was inspected frequently enough. Even if a fall has not occured they may still take legal action against the duty hold for 'lack of adequate care'.
If you would like a free survey carried out on your fall protection on one or several sites, please contact us here.
What Fall Protection Systems Needs Inspecting And Testing?
If you have other height safety protection equipment which needs inspecting or maintaining, then please call us with your requirements. We inspect, test and certificate:
Man safe / fall arrest safety line systems (fall protection post and wire systems)
Guardrail systems (also referred to as handrail)
Cat-ladders / Fixed Ladders
Safety Eyebolts / Pushlock sockets
Mobile Man Anchors (Dead-weight anchors)
How The Tailored Inspection Programme Works
By databasing the specific details of your fall arrest systems, STQ Vantage creates inspection programmes uniquely tailored to your buildings or the property you manage. We’ll tell you exactly when inspections need to happen, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to keep them compliant.
If you need a very special serivce and require an out-of-hours testing to prevent disruption to people during normal working hours, then please ask and we can dedicate engineers to arrive or finish at specific times. We can also provide a complete advisory package depending on your requirements.
You will receive test certificates once the engineers have inspected the equipment, detailing the specific equipment on site, and noting any defects, damages or concerns which should be brought to your attention. Our engineers will do more than you ask; so if they see loose cladding, damaged air-conditioning units, broken tiles or something else, they will include that in their report. We aim to be 'your eyes and hands at height' and make your job easier!
Photos of compliant and non-compliant fall protection systems
According to BS 7883 12-monthly inspections should be carried out to ensure the equipment remains compliant and safe to use. You will receive certification upon completion of the visit. Safety man safe system in Southampton, Hampshire.
The inspection of short safety wire systems is just as important as larger systems and must not be considered as unnecessary; the risk is still present and the results of neglecting safety can be serious. Safety line system in Reading, Berkshire.
This roof edge protection handrail system allows contractors to work safely in all roof areas, in Birmingham, West Midlands.
Testing of safety eyebolts are used where minimal fall arrest protection is required
Corrosion - Over sustained periods fall arrest man safe safety line systems can corrode. This shows the importance of annual inspections, to identify when a system is no longer safe to use and must be replaced.
Slack cables - For multiple reasons the wire can become too slack on a harness anchor system, preventing it from performing correctly in the event of a fall. Usually, it is caused by accidental over-tensioning; either from someone tripping over it, or heavy items being placed on it. It should be rectified as soon as possible.
Non-compliant components - This photo of a collective protection system shows substitute components, which might initially appear acceptable. In understanding the principles of fall arrest protection systems, it could not be guaranteed to perform when put to the test. Edge protection guardrail in Somerset.
Detached system - At times roof guardrail systems need to be moved or removed to enable other contractors to carry out work on roofs. However, if a system is not refitted to the regulation requirement, the system is less likely to prevent a fall when excessive force is applied. Handrail inspected in Pall Mall, London for a Facilities Management company.
Frequently services areas
Our customers regularly call on us to test their fall arrest equipment in areas including Greater London, Marylebone, South Lambeth, Battersea Park, Westminster, Mayfair, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Kensington, Hammersmith, Wimbledon, Richmond, Twickenham, Weybridge and Chertsey and other Greater London areas. We cover numberous location outside the M25 including Slough, Bracknell, Reading, Swindon, Bristol and Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Guildford, Farnborough, Woking, Southampton and Portsmouth. The counties this includes are Hampshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Our wide coverage enables us to serve our clients in many areas of the country. We do work in many other areas too - these are just are the most common areas work in.
If you have a man safe safety line or height safety requirement, feel free to contact our helpful team for a prompt response.
For your fall protection inspection and maintenence requirements, talk to the team at STQ Vantage. Call 01935 474 602, send us a message or email email@example.com
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