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Inspection Services

Periodic engineering inspections on plant and equipment operated in the workplace can help maintain a safe operating environment, and add value by helping the business operate efficiently; whilst also ensuring employer conformity to applicable health and safety legislation.

Failure to comply with the law can have serious consequences for a business. Risks can include damage to a business’s reputation, a reduction in workforce efficiency, increased risk of accidents and ill health, and even enforcement by regulators; which, ultimately, can lead to heavy fines or even imprisonment.

Our Inspection Services

We provide inspection services in the role of ‘Competent Person’ for all service areas in which we are accredited by UKAS to ‘ISO/IEC 17020 - In-Service Inspection Bodies’; carried out by our network of competent, technically-experienced engineer surveyors.

Inspection services in the Republic of Ireland are provided to comply with the equivalent legislation.

Inspection Aspects

The following is a list of classes of plant, noting the relevant requirements in the UK (for Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable but the year of implementation of the regulation is normally different).

Pressure Systems
Steam boilers, associated vessels and systems The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)
Air Receivers and systems (over 0.5 bar and 250 bar litres) Require a Written Scheme of Examination. This determines the frequency and nature of thorough examinations
Systems with all other gases under pressure (over 0.5 bar), high pressure hot water systems (over 110 C)  
Refrigeration systems/air conditioning

Plant with compressors over 25kW (combined input power)
Lifting Equipment
All Lifting Equipment at any place of work / not where the predominant use is by the public The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Thorough examination at prescribed intervals; (6 months or 12 months dependent upon item or usage); as prescribed in a Written Scheme of Examination; or immediately following exceptional circumstances.
Lifting Equipment in Public Areas or Places of Residence Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Applies to the parts of the equipment not accessible to the public but accessed by Competent Persons during their course of work. Such parts require periodic inspection.

The remainder of the equipment should receive thorough examination as though LOLER applied in order to meet the requirements of Public Liability Insurance.
Escalators in Places of Work The Workplace (Health and Welfare) Safety Regulations 1992.

Thorough examination in accordance with the H&SE guidance PM45. This comprises both an internal and external working examination each year.
Escalators in Public Areas Subject to the requirements of Public Liability Insurance (likely the same requirements as those in Places of Work) or subject to requirements of a particular Local Authority.
Power Presses
Mechanical Presses including
Mechanical Press Brakes
Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Thorough Examination at prescribed intervals dependant upon the type of guarding employed i.e. fixed - 12 monthly, moving - 6 monthly.

Examination of enclosed parts and tests of the electrical system to HSG236 (Health & Safety Executive Publication).
Hydraulic/Pneumatic Presses Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Inspection by an appointed person.
Local Exhaust Ventilation Plant
At Places of Work Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (current edition) (COSHH)

Initial Appraisal of LEV plant prior to use, including where necessary, personal sampling.

Thorough Examination and Test at prescribed intervals dependent upon the process or medium.

Monthly - Blasting of Raw Castings.

6 monthly - Grinding Metals for in excess of 12 hours per week

14 monthly - For all other processes or materials causing dust or fume at a work point.
Electrical Installations
At Places of Work The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW)

Periodic Inspection and Test. The most appropriate standard is BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations - current edition).
Places of Public Entertainment Local Authority Requirements. Normally annual inspection and test to BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations - current edition).
Quarries The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 together with the H&SE Guidance "Electrical Safety in Quarries". The Quarries Regulations 1999.

Periodic Inspection and Test at either 6 months or 12 months in accordance with the Manager's Maintenance Scheme.
Petroleum Retail Outlet Local Authority Requirements. Normally Inspection and Test to the IP Code (Institute of Petroleum) at annual intervals, by a Competent Electrical Engineer
Noise Surveys
At Places of Work The Noise Regulations 2005 (NAW)

In work areas subject to excessive noise, a survey is required to determine the noise level for comparison with the limits/action levels stipulated in the Regulations.
Health & Safety
At Places of Work Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Subordinate Legislation.

Surveys/Audits of the workplace, including General Risk Assessments.

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