PPE Kit Testing and Maintenance
PPE Kit Testing and Maintenance?
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All PPE is tested to BS EN 365:2004. Personal Protective equipment should ideally be visually inspected every 6 months, and fully inspected and certified every 12 months, remembering that each piece of PPE has a life span. Once out of their life span, PPE needs to be replaced to ensure anybody using the equipment remains safe. A PPE register should be in place for all equipment, and readily available for any operative to inspect.
Heightsafe Systems inspect, test and certify all manufacturers PPE kit including inertia reels, fall arrest blocks, harnesses and lanyards, davits, winches, stretchers and rescue equipment, and can manage your fall arrest assets for you.
Apart from the legal requirement to have documented evidence of PPE compliancy, we recommend that all PPE kit is visually inspected looking out for any signs of the following:
What to look for:
- Tears and cuts to webbing
- Excessive wear of webbing or any other parts
- Weakening of load bearing parts
- Broken stitching
- Ensure PPE kit is clean, as dangers may existing under excessive dirt
- Heat or chemical damage
- Rusting or damage to fastenings and buckles
Heightsafe Systems will not only inspect your PPE but also offer you guidance on what PPE is most suitable for your system and will supply you with the correct PPE.