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 warehouses 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)||Fork lift truck (goods only)||12|
|Lifting machine attachments (fork lift truck attachment)||12|
|Swing jib crane||12|
|Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)||6|
|Order picker (lifting persons/lifting goods)||6/12|
|Mobile crane (goods only)||12|
|Overhead travelling crane||12|
|Vehicle tailboard lift||12|
|Fall protection equipment (harness with lanyard)||6|
|Lifting accessories (eyebolt)||6|
|Lifting assembly (accessories permanently attached to lifting equipment)||12|
|Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)||Pallet truck||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|
View detailed diagrams of typical plant and equipment used across various industries, together with applicable UK legislation for each item.