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Testing Standards for Fall Protection and Fall Prevention Systems

Invested in a Fall Protection or Prevention system? It is important to consider incorporating testing costs into your PPM Schedule. Generally, a compliance test is required every 6 to 12 months, dependent on the system and frequency of use. In this blog post we give you an insight into testing frequencies and standards…

Last updated: 08/02/2021


This system is a personal measure of protection and is generally used to protect personnel when ‘leaning’ over adjacent openings, this system is also commonly used for anchoring merchandising, chandeliers, and decorative lighting.  Eyebolts require Compliance Testing every 12 months for Class A1 fall arrest and every 6 months for rope access to BS EN 7883:2005 and LOLER.


Abseil Points

This system is a personal measure of protection and is generally used for high-level rope access cleaning, repairs and window maintenance. Abseil Points require Compliance Testing every 6 months to BS EN 7883 and LOLER.


Safety Line Systems

These Fall Protection systems are personal measures of protection and are generally used for visually sensitive buildings which require staggered maintenance, and where collective measures are not achievable. Safety Lines require Compliance Testing every 12 months to BS EN 795:2012 (Class C for cable based and Class D for rigid lifelines). Heightsafe can provide inspections and certifications every 6 to 12 months, depending on the use of your system.


Fixed and Freestanding Guardrails

These systems are collective measures of Roof Edge Protection and are generally used for roofs which require regular access and maintenance with multiple personnel at any one time. Guardrails require Compliance Testing every 12 months to BS EN 13374 and PUWER.


Mobile Man Anchors

These systems are personal measures of protection and are generally used for occasional roof access, in areas where a fixed measure of protection is not feasible. Mobile Man Anchors require Compliance Testing every 12 months to BS EN 7883 standards.


A non-compliant system can invalidate your insurance, put lives at risk and deem you liable in the event of an incident. It is essential that you have them tested regularly.

Heightsafe’s qualified engineers are available to test and certify all Work at Height and lightning equipment around the UK, speak to the team today to book your next compliance test – [email protected] / 020 3819 7199

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Eye Bolt and Abseil Point Compliance Testing

Testing on Eye bolts and Abseil Points used for the purpose of Work at Height should be completed once every 12 months and once every 6 months if Class A.

Personal Fall Protection Compliance Testing

Safety Line, Cable or Track systems used for Work at Height require compliance testing at least once every 12 months.

Temporary Fall Protection Compliance Testing

It is recommended to have Temporary Fall Protection systems tested for compliance every 12 months and be visually inspected prior to use on every occasion.

Edge Protection Compliance Testing

Guardrail and Handrail systems used as a collective measure of protection for personnel Working at Height should be inspected at least once every 12 months.

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