A guide to engineering inspection frequencies
Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Periodic engineering inspections and/or thorough examinations on their plant and equipment form part of this vital duty, whilst also ensuring employer conformity to applicable health and safety legislation.
Plant and equipment within the workplace needs to be examined and properly maintained to ensure it is safe to operate, and that it complies with applicable health and safety legislation; requiring statutory 'thorough examinations' at specific intervals (thorough examinations exist outside normal equipment maintenance and servicing procedures).
Regular inspections may also serve as a good preventative maintenance programme to ensure the integrity of plant and equipment; helping to minimise machinery breakdowns.
Different types and categories of equipment have varying inspection frequencies according to applicable health and safety legislation.
Typical equipment and installations found within educational establishments are listed below, together with the applicable legislation.
|Equipment category||Applicable legislation (1)||Premise type||Typical equipment||Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)|
|Lifting||Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)||Higher education or research establishments||Passenger lifts/elevators||6|
|Window cleaning equipment/building maintenance unit||6|
|Pressure (2)||Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)||Schools||Model engine boiler||14|
|Schools and higher education or research establishments||Coffee boiler||14|
|Expansion vessel (used for hot water systems)||26|
|Air conditioning units (>25kW)||12/60|
|Electrical/mechanical||Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 (PUWER)||Schools and higher education or research establishments||Air conditioning units (<25kW)||12|
|Hot water boiler (<100ºC)||12|
|General mechanical and electrical plant (e.g. motors, pumps)||12|
|Higher education or research establishments||Escalators||6|
|Local exhaust ventilation||The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)||Schools and higher education or research establishments||Fume cupboard||14|
|Dust extraction (metallic)||6/14 (3)|
|Dust extraction (non-metallic)||14|
|Electrical systems (4)||Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)||Schools and higher education or research establishments||Low voltage electrical installations||60|
View detailed diagrams of typical plant and equipment used across various industries, together with applicable UK legislation for each item.