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PUWER Examinations, LOLER Inspections, COSSH Inspections & PSSR Safety Inspections and Examinations from Industrial Safety Inspections Ltd

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Industrial Safety Inspections are providers of PUWER examination and LOLER inspection services for health and safety regulations covering all the common industrial workplace and industrial equipment regulations. Our services also cover inspections for the most important workplace regualtions including Health & safety inspections, Lifting and Handling inspections and PSSR (Pressure Systems Safety Regulations) examinations and more.

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Our credentials

Industrial Safety Inspections Ltd (ISI) are a team of independent qualified and expert engineers who assess and test equipment, systems and methods in the workplace - regardless of whether your business is of a commercial or industrial nature. We can give you advice and help with LOLER Inspections, PUWER Examinations, testing of any pressure systems and, in fact, any type of industrial safety and insurance inspections required by law.

Our engineers are all approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and members of the Independent National Inspection and Testing Association. As a company we are currently undergoing ISO Quality Assurance examinations.

Hiring our team of safety experts helps you protect and retain your staff at all levels. Not only that, we can tell if your equipment is safe to run and for how long.

Your staff and equipment are amongst the most valuable assets your company has. Both need to be working at optimum efficiency and safety in order to allow you to continue to run your business on a day-to-day basis.

At Industrial Safety Inspections we have more than three decades of experience behind us and a list of satisfied clients who are happy to testify to the satisfaction they have felt on achieving national safety accreditation.

Not only that but we've helped hundreds of companies gain peace of mind by conducting a site survey and plant assessment of their business. Other services we provide include acting as third party witnesses in litigation court cases, pre-purchase plant evaluations and risk assessments for noise, fire etc.

For example:
PUWER Inspection (Provision & Lifting Equipment Regulation)
LOLER examination (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations)
COSHH testing (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
PSSR regulations (Pressure System Safety Regulations)

We deliver

Assessment of your equipment, working methods and environment as a whole is important not just for the safety of your staff but also your customers and indeed company ethics.

There are a number of accreditation certificates - 'competencies' - which the government insists commercial and industrial business must attain in order to continue working in this country.

At Industrial Safety Inspections none of our assessors are aligned to any particular organisation or government body. This means we enjoy an independence and impartiality which, in turn, guarantees your company receives integrity and honesty from us straight from the start.

Competitive pricing, expert assessment and the confidence to continue running your business without any worries over health and safety issues - that's what we offer at Industrial Safety Inspections, and that's exactly what we provide.

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LOLER 98 Lifting and Handling Inspections

One of the main pieces of legislation in the health and safety field refers to forklift trucks and other lifting equipment. This is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and frequently referred to as the LOLER 98.

This regulation replaced previous legislation introduced in 1961 and 1988 and is aimed at ensuring any equipment employed in the lifting or lowering of stock or machinery etc is safe for an individual to use.

But it's not only the core equipment which must comply with the legislation. Any physical attachments such as those used to stabilise, anchor or support the equipment must also be in line with LOLER regulations by ensuring they do as intended and are strong enough to maintain the particular load involved.

The member of staff operating the equipment must also be trained to LOLER standards.

Equipment typically includes - cranes, fork-lift trucks, lifts, hoists, mobile elevating work platforms, and vehicle inspection platform hoists together with chains, slings, eyebolts and similar.

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PUWER Work Equipment Examination Services

Another major regulation, brought in around the same time as LOLER 98, is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. This commonly goes by the name PUWER 98.

Like the LOLER this replaced existing regulations and refers to working equipment which is mobile. Again, the regulations are designed to minimise the risk to an employee's health and safety.

A team of experts such as ourselves at Industrial Safety Inspections can - and must - inspect equipment deemed to be of high risk. Other equipment can be assessed inhouse.

Typical equipment to fall under this category includes hammers, knives, ladders, drilling machines, power presses, circular saws, photocopiers, lifting equipment (including lifts), dumper trucks and motor vehicles. These could be either owned by the company or the employee. If the equipment in question is being used on your premises or for purposes of work then it too much comply with PUWER regulations.

These are aimed at ensuring that all equipment used in the working environment is well-maintained, safe to use, suitable for the task and that property safety equipment such as masks etc are worn with its use. The equipment must also be assessed by a qualified individual or team such as ourselves and applies to both employees and self-employed persons.

Employees must also bear in mind the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 which take into account members of the public in settings such as hospitals, offices, hotels, construction sites etc.

To this end warning signs etc must be erected if necessary and training on use of the equipment given. In essence PUWER is concerned with minimising risk to the employee and members of the public.

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PSSR Pressure System Examination

The PSSR (Pressure Systems Safety Regulations) requires pressure systems to be regularly inspected and tested to provide a documented system of examination.

Our experienced examiners and assessors are able to help you ensure compliance for your workplace and ensure all the relevant PSSR documentation is correct and up to date.

The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 update a previous act of 1989 and apply to those who own and use fluids which can become dangerous under pressure such as gases, steam etc.

COSHH Exhaust Ventilation and Extraction Inspection

The health and safety COSHH regulations require employers to ensure that they maintain proper care of substances of a hazardous nature including extraction and local exhaust ventilation plant in safe conditions.

COSHH assessments and examinations should be conducted on a regular basis to ensure compliance is maintained.

COSHH Exhaust Ventilation

What does LOLER stand for?

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 or LOLER.

What is LOLER?

LOLER is a set of requirements , standards and regulation relating to lifting equipment LOLER Regulations are in place to reduce the risk to health and safety presented by the use of lifting equipment in the workplace.

What items require inspecting under LOLER?

All equipment in the workplace used for either lifting, loading or lowering, including fixtures used to secure lifting equipment.

What does LOLER do?

General LOLER requirements state that lifting equipment in the workplace must be :

  • Installed and positioned to minimise any risks;
  • Stable and strong enough for the specific use intended and marked to indicate safe working loads;
  • Used safely, Work is performed by trained and competent individuals

What does PUWER stand for ?

PUWER stands for: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Otherwise referred to as PUWER Regs or PUWER 98 Regulations.

What is PUWER?

PUWER is the new name for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992. The regulations are predominantly the same with a few amendments. One example is that the inspection of work equipment in particular specific new requirements for mobile work equipment. Many aspects of PUWER should therefore be familiar to you.

The PUWER Regulations are in place to limit risk to the health and safety of people operating lifting equipment in the workplace.

What items require inspecting under PUWER?

PUWER regs state all equipment used by an employee in the workplace must be examined equipment items can be inspected in-house by your own competent staff as long as they have the necessary competency. Also if employees provide their own equipment for work then that must be expected under PUWER regulations.

All equipment must meet regulations from 5 December 1998. However, requirements relating to certain aspects of mobile work equipment (see below) did not apply to such equipment (provided for use in the business before 5 December 1998) until 5 December 2002. Read HSE information sheet MISC156 if you use hired mobile work equipment.

Examples of uses of equipment which are covered by the Regulations include starting or stopping the equipment, maintaining, servicing, repairing, modifying, cleaning and transporting.

A full list of items requiring PUWER inspection is available at www.isisafety.com or please call our helpful PUWER inspection specialist team on 01675 484779.

What does PUWER do?

PUWER regulations are in place to ensure all equipment used in the workplace is maintained to an acceptable standard in order to minimise risk to the health and safety of employees.

Do the PUWER Regulations apply to me?

If you are an employer or self-employed and you provide equipment for use at work, Or if you are in charge of equipment used in the workplace then PUWER regulations will apply to you. PUWER regulations do not apply to equipment used by the public.

Confused? Don't just sit there

Inspections and assessments of equipment and personnel can be intimidating and the regulations appear confusing. That's why we are more than happy to provide advice about inspections and assessments on, for example, any forthcoming LOLER or PUWER examinations you may be facing. Just give our specialist inspection a ring or look up our web site on the details above.

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