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Height safety inspections are crucial for any building owner. The safety standard industrial fall arrest devices and systems – the selection, maintenance and use – outline the inspection criteria for fall arrest equipment. Doing height safety inspections is very important as it controls risk and ensures your equipment is in good and usable condition.

The safety of your employees depends on your height safety equipment being well maintained. What may seem like a small hole or cut could mean the integrity of your equipment being compromised. This could mean that the forces that a fall generates may cause the equipment to fail. Professional inspections of your equipment are important as they ensure your equipment is in a usable and safe condition.

Use a qualified safety operator

When it comes to inspecting roof safety systems, it is important to have a trained operator to inspect the equipment before and after use. Inspection shall be by touch and sight and include the opening and removal of temporary line or rope protectors, to enable the rope or line to be inspected.

Documented inspection

It is important to ensure all equipment has a documented inspection after every six months by an experienced and trained inspector. The inspection should be done in adherence to the standard and instructions from the manufacturer.

Documentation also ensures the traceability of all maintenance records. You need to keep a history sheet, record card, or similar record for each piece of equipment. Documentation on the servicing and maintenance history of an item should be available to the users and operators.

It is important to have an agent approved by the manufacturer to do height safety inspections. This can be an onerous task for large and small organizations. As well as inspections of the equipment, you should also update and manage the inspection records.

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