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 and production downtime.
Different types and categories of equipment have varying inspection frequencies according to applicable health and safety legislation.
Typical equipment and installations found within motor trade establishments are listed below, together with the applicable legislation.
|Equipment category||Applicable legislation (1)||Typical equipment||Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)|
|Lifting||Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)||Vehicle lifts (all types, e.g. two-post/four-post lifting tables)||6|
|Manual chain block and winches||12|
|Engine hoist/manual portable crane||12|
|Jack (e.g. bottle/trolley/transmission jack)||12|
|Miscellaneous lifting accessories||6|
|Pressure (2)||Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)||Compressed air vessels||13/26/72|
|Electrical/mechanical||Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 (PUWER)||General mechanical and electrical plant (e.g. motors, pumps)||12|
|Local exhaust ventilation||The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)||Fume extraction||14|
|Dust extraction (metallic)||6/14 (3)|
|Dust extraction (non-metallic)||14|
|Automotive spray paint booth||12|
|Electrical systems (4)||Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)||Low voltage electrical installations||60|