What are Eyebolts and Anchor Points?
Fall Arrest Eyebolts are a critical element of any Façade Access System and are frequently used in conjunction with Anchor Points and Davit Arm Systems. There are many different types of eyebolts that are used across a variety of applications such as safety eyebolts, retail merchandising hooks for shop displays and eyebolts for commercial window cleaning.
Heightsafe offer the installation of such systems to enable Façade and Roof Access for skilled operatives to carry out maintenance and other works. Not only do Heightsafe install these quality systems throughout the UK, but they offer Compliance Testing to ensure the systems conform to the relevant legislations and most importantly guaranteeing the safety of the skilled technicians using them.
Eyebolts can be fitted both internally and externally and are available in fixed, removable and reusable formats. They are compatible for use with brick cement and cavity walls. Anchor Points are designed to be fixed to various materials and structures both internally and externally. They can be used as part of a Fall Restraint System, Fall Arrest System, Work Positioning System and Rope Access System.
What are the testing standards for Fall Protection and Prevention Systems?
Due to the load capacity involved in suspended access systems support, it is essential for the safety of the operatives using them that compliance testing is carried out in accordance with legislation.
Heightsafe provide testing that ensures the relevant systems are compliant with all the current safety standards including, BS EN 795:2012 (Class A Anchor Point), BS7883:2019, BS8610:2017, and LOLER 1998. If testing has not been carried out by a skilled professional within a 12-month period (6 monthly for rope access), the system should be tagged DO NOT USE.
What does Compliance Testing for Eyebolts and Anchor Points Involve?
The process demands that all eyebolts including fixed, removable, and flush lock eyebolts, and visual merchandising hooks are compliance tested every 12 months via pull tester to 6kn for 30 seconds. Abseil Point Eyebolts are to be tested every 6 months due to the nature of their usage.
Before and After images are provided upon inspection of the systems, and all eyebolts are fitted with a Heightsafe Systems compliance tag to illustrate that they have been tested by a skilled professional and are fully compliant. All our clients will be provided with access to our online CRM system – PRIME. PRIME ensures all the relevant documentation and certificates are in one place and notifies clients a month before eyebolts and anchors require retesting, guaranteeing you are always compliant and up to date with legislation. Clients will also receive certificates for their own records.
Our operatives will also carry out maintenance work alongside testing should the systems require it. Maintenance work can involve rectifying any missing or loose fixtures and fittings, missing tags, structural damage in the surrounding area, weather damage and corrosion, and other visual damage or vandalism.
Is your Compliance Testing up to date?
Do you know when the last time your Eyebolts and Anchor Points were tested, to ensure the safety of the operatives using them?
Call us on tel: 020 3819 7199 and chat to one of our team who can arrange a visit to test and maintain any systems you have. Alternatively, get in touch by completing an enquiry form if you require additional works.