Inspection and Certification
INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION
PTMI specialise in Planned Testing, Maintenance, Inspection and Certification of environments both internally and externally where falls from height of both people and objects can occur. We are here to assist you and ensure that you comply with your legal duties regarding a wide range of legislation such as The Working at Height regulations 2005, Health and safety at work act 1974, Construction Design Management (CDM) 2015, LOLER & PUWER 1998.
Falls from height are the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from both fixed and portable ladders as well as fragile roofs. Work at Height is classified as “If no precautions were in place and any person working above ground/floor level or could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or could fall from ground level into an opening or hole”.
PWe here at PTMI provide our customers with appropriate timeframes for inspections dependent on many factors such as LOLER Regulations, conditions of equipment etc. detailed reports of findings and certification of “safe to climb”.
Hardware, environments and equipment which we inspect, certify and provide required reports for include but are not limited to the following:
FIXED & PORTABLE LADDERS
SAFETY GATES & HANDRAILS
FIXED PLATFORMS, RAILINGS & KICKBOARDS
ACCESS SYSTEMS & LIFTING EQUIPMENT
Each piece of equipment is tagged at the time of inspection as Safe or as Unsafe accordingly, in a clear manner, ensuring that anyone attempting to use or access the equipment is aware of its safety status.
As you are required to keep a record of any inspection for types of work equipment including guard rails, toe-boards, barriers or similar collective means of protection; working platforms and gangways that are fixed or mobile, PTMI will provide you with these thorough and in depth and detailed reports within 7 days of the site inspection taking place, ensuring that you have the required up to date documentation at all times.
As you are required to keep a record of any inspection for types of work equipment including: guard rails, toe-boards, barriers or similar collective means of protection; working platforms and gangways that are fixed or mobile, PTMI will provide you with these thorough and in depth and detailed reports within 7 days of the site inspection taking place, ensuring that you have the required up to date documentation at all times.
PTMI will help you to identify any equipment exposed to conditions that may cause it to deteriorate, and result in any dangerous situations, as they should be inspected at suitable intervals appropriate to the environment and use. Since you must carry out an inspection every time something happens that may affect the safety or stability of the equipment, e.g. adverse weather or accidental damage we are available at short notice to conduct such inspections, certification and reporting with minimal fuss.
PTMI are unique in that we are able to offer maintenance and engineering services during inspections, meaning that should we come across issues with structures or equipment, in many cases we are able to fix the issue there and then, mitigating the risk and allowing safety certification to be issued at that time, saving you precious business time.
Should issues require more major works to be carried out to bring them to a safe standard, we will endeavour to return to site at your earliest convenience to install, repair the problem and re-inspect the structure or equipment immediately in order to issue safety certification.
Will Brexit affect the health and safety requirements of my business?
Your duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work will not change with Brexit. Legal requirements will remain the same as they are now. Health and safety standards will be maintained.
What is work at height?
Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:
work above ground/floor level
could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
What do I need to do to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005?
The Regulations apply to all work at height, where there is risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, and those who control any work at height activity (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).
As part of the Regulations, you must ensure:
All work at height is properly planned and organised
Those involved in work at height are competent
The risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
The equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained.
For help with all of the above according to your business needs, contact us now.
How often must work at height inspections and maintenance be carried out?
Suitable intervals between inspections are determined on the basis of risk assessment.
The nature, frequency and extent of any inspection is determined by considering factors such as the type of equipment, how and where it is used, its likelihood to deteriorate etc.
If equipment is used in onerous outdoor conditions, it may be appropriate to inspect it more regularly than something which is used indoors.
How do I know what health and safety risks there are and how do I protect against them?
As part of managing the health and safety of your business, you must control the risks in your workplace.
To do this you must think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether reasonable steps are being taken to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help to recognise whether you have covered all you need to.
For some risks, other regulations require particular control measures. The assessment can help you identify where you need to look at certain risks and these particular control measures in more detail.
Contact us for help with conducting a full risk assessment, implementation of control measures and the documentation you require to comply with law now.
What is a health and safety policy and why do I need one?
The law says that every business must have a policy for managing health and safety.
A health and safety policy sets out your general approach to health and safety. It explains how you, as an employer, will manage health and safety in your business. It will clearly state who does what, when and how, i.e. your procedures.
If you have five or more employees, your policy must be physically documented. If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down, but it is useful to do so.
You must share the policy, and any changes to it, with your employees.
For help with creating and providing your organisation with your health and safety policies and procedures contact us now.