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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Compliance Testing

At Heightsafe, we understand the critical role that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plays in ensuring the safety of personnel working at heights. Our commitment extends beyond supplying and installing Working at Height assets; we also provide comprehensive testing and maintenance services to guarantee the efficacy of your PPE kit.

Last Updated: 7th March 2024

The Importance of PPE Compliance Testing:

Visual Inspections: PPE used in Fall Protection Systems undergoes a thorough visual inspection before each use. This essential step helps identify any visible issues or damage that could compromise the equipment’s integrity. It is recommended to visually inspect your PPE every 6 months, ensuring a proactive approach to safety.

Periodic Compliance Testing: A full compliance test, conducted by a competent specialist, is imperative to verify the effectiveness of your PPE. Heightsafe recommends a comprehensive compliance test every 12 months, adhering to the standards outlined in BS EN 365:2004. This ensures that your PPE is in optimal condition, ready to withstand the challenges of working at height.

PPE Testing Services:

Heightsafe offers a range of PPE testing services, covering various equipment used in Fall Protection Systems:

  • Harnesses
  • Lanyards
  • Fall Arrest Blocks
  • Belts and Work Positioning
  • Karabiners and Devices
  • Anchorage
  • Rope Systems
  • Rescues and Winches

Our competent specialists are trained to assess each component thoroughly, providing a comprehensive evaluation of your entire PPE kit.

What to Look for During PPE Inspections:

During both visual inspections and compliance testing, it is crucial to be vigilant for signs of wear, tear, or damage. Some key aspects to examine include:

  • Tears and cuts to webbing
  • Excessive wear of webbing or other parts
  • Weakening of load-bearing parts
  • Broken stitching
  • Heat or chemical damage
  • Rusting or damage to fastenings and buckles
  • Pen marks on webbing

Additionally, dangers may hide beneath excessive dirt, underscoring the importance of keeping your PPE and Fall Protection Equipment clean at all times.

PPE Lifecycle Management:

It’s important to note that each piece of PPE has a specified lifespan. Regardless of usage frequency, PPE should be replaced once it reaches the end of its designated life span. A comprehensive PPE register should be maintained, facilitating regular inspections and ensuring timely replacements.

PPE Compliance Testing with Heightsafe

Heightsafe is your trusted partner in PPE compliance testing, offering a holistic approach to safety that goes beyond installation. With our specialised services, you can rest assured that your workforce is equipped with PPE that meets the highest standards, providing unparalleled protection against potential hazards during work at height. Contact us today to schedule your PPE compliance testing and secure a safer working environment at heights.

Why Heightsafe?

The UK’s leading Work at Height, Roof Access and Façade Access compliance specialists!

With over 50 years of combined industry experience and a decade of trading, you can focus on core business activity as Heightsafe’s specialist Compliance Testing teams ensure your Work at Height, Roof Access and Façade Access systems are all effectively maintained and remain compliant with regulations. Working nationwide, operative teams are highly skilled and experienced, holding all relevant certifications and receiving regular refresher training to guarantee clients with the best quality results.


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Get in touch with Heightsafe’s friendly, professional team today for free, no obligation advice on your PPE Compliance Testing requirements.

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