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A guide to engineering inspection frequencies

Food and beverage processing

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Periodic engineering inspections 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 needs to be examined and properly maintained to ensure it is safe to operate, and that it complies with applicable health and safety legislation.

Regular inspections may also serve as a good preventative maintenance programme to ensure the integrity of plant and equipment; helping to minimise machinery breakdowns and production downtime.

Inspection frequencies

Different types and categories of equipment have varying inspection frequencies according to applicable health and safety legislation.

Typical equipment and installations found within food and beverage processing premises are listed below, together with the applicable legislation.

Equipment category Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection frequency (months)
Lifting Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) Fork lift truck (goods only) 12
Lifting machine attachments (fork lift truck attachment) 12
Swing jib crane 12
Goods/service lift 12
Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) 6
Order picker 12
Mobile crane 12
Overhead travelling crane 12
Runway track 12
Vehicle tailboard lift 12
Fall protection equipment (harness with lanyard) 6
Lifting accessories (removable eyebolt) 6
Lifting assembly (accessories permanently attached to lifting equipment) 12
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Pallet truck 12
Conveyor system 12
Pressure (2) Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) Air receiver (>250 bar/litres) 26
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Hot water boiler (<110ºC) (3) 12
Expansion vessel (used for hot water systems) (3) 12
Refrigeration and air conditioning systems (<25 kW) (3) 12
Electrical/mechanical plant Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Alternator 12
Electrical systems (4) Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) Low voltage electrical installations 36
Portable appliances 12
  1. For Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable. HSB's inspection services in the Republic of Ireland are provided to comply with the equivalent legislation.
  2. Examination intervals for statutory pressure systems are dictated by a Written Scheme of Examination; a legal document that details the items within the pressure system, including protective devices, and outlines the inspection frequency and requirements.
  3. PUWER is applicable if the the item is used by employees at a place of work.
  4. The frequency of period inspection for electrical systems, installations and equipment covered by EAWR is dependent on the type and use of the installation, the quality and frequency of maintenance and any external influences which the installation may be subject to.
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