Inspection frequencies: Agriculture
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Agriculture

A guide to inspection frequencies

Employers have a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Periodic 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 examinations at specific intervals, which 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.

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 the agricultural industry are listed below, together with the applicable legislation.

Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Vehicle lifts (all types) 6
Telehandler/Mobile hydraulic handler 12
Tractor with front end loader 12
Loading shovel with back actor 12
Forklift truck (powered) 12
Excavator (with lifting duties) 12
Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) 6
Trolley 12
Blocks (manual/powered) 12
Lifting beam (and frame/lifting attachments) 12
Jack (e.g. bottle/trolley/transmission jack) 12
Miscellaneous lifting accessories (lifting tackle) 6
(1) For Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable.
Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months) (2)
Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000 Air receiver (>250 bar/litres) 26
Air/oil receiver 72
Steam boiler 14
(1) For Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable. (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.
Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 General mechanical and electrical plant (e.g. motors, pumps) 12
Safety equipment items 6-12
Racking 12
Axle stand/support 12
Pallet truck 12
Pressure washer 12
(1) For Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable.
Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 Fume extraction 14
Dust extraction (metallic) 6/14 (2)
Dust extraction (non-metallic) 14
(1) For Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable. (2) 6-month frequency if used for more than 12 hours per week. Otherwise, a 14-month frequency.
Applicable legislation (1) Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months) (2)
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 Low voltage electrical installations 36
Fixed wiring installations: dairy farms 36
Portable appliances 12
(1) For Northern Ireland, similar statutory equipment legislation is applicable. (2) The frequency of period inspection for electrical systems, installations and equipment covered by the Electricity at Work Regulations 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.
Applicable legislation Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
S.I. No. 299 of 2007: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Vehicle lifts (all types) 12
Telehandler/Mobile hydraulic handler 12
Tractor with front end loader 12
Loading shovel with back actor 12
Forklift truck (powered) 12
Excavator (with lifting duties) 12
Mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) 6
Trolley 12
Blocks (manual/powered) 12
Lifting beam (and frame/lifting attachments) 12
Jack (e.g. bottle/trolley/transmission jack) 12
Miscellaneous lifting accessories (lifting tackle) 6
Applicable legislation Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
S.I. No. 445 of 2012: Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Air receiver (>250 bar/litres) 26
Air/oil receiver 72
Steam boiler 14
Applicable legislation Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
S.I. No. 299 of 2007 (Regulation 30): Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 General mechanical and electrical plant (e.g. motors, pumps) 12
Safety equipment items 6/12
Racking 12
Axle stand/support 12
Pallet truck 12
Pressure washer 12
Applicable legislation Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months) (1)
Health & Safety Authority: Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Guidance document Fume extraction 12
Dust extraction (metallic) 12
Dust extraction (non-metallic) 12
(1) Unless specified otherwise by the manufacturer.
Applicable legislation Typical equipment Inspection/thorough examination frequency (months)
S.I. No. 299 of 2007 (Part 3): Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Low voltage electrical installations 36 (1)
Fixed wiring installations: dairy farms 36 (1)
Portable appliances 3-60 (2)
(1) Unless specified otherwise by a risk assessment/the manufacturer. (2) A general guide, unless specified otherwise by a risk assessment/the manufacturer.

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