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Height Safety Equipment Inspection and Certification

The Health and Safety Act requires site owners and managers to regularly inspect and certify fall safety equipment.

You are Responsible for Inspections and Certifications

Whenever there is a risk of a fall resulting in injury or worse, Work at Height Regulations are enforced. These regulations apply to more than just roofs, as they even cover low level or underground work. It is a common misconception that these regulations only apply to roofs.

All height safety equipment must be inspected and recertified annually if these regulations apply to the site you manage or own.

With Highwire, you’re guaranteed safe equipment and peace of mind with comprehensive equipment inspections and recertifications.

How do I know if my equipment needs Inspection and Certification?

It does not matter how good the equipment or system is, they degrade with use, putting users at risk. Inspections are crucial for detecting these faults before they cause serious harm.

You should also recertify so that you have physical evidence that you have met your obligations and can demonstrate your commitment to safety in the unfortunate event that something goes wrong. This is why inspections and certification should be performed by an external and independent third party, who can verify the system’s safety and provide you with the necessary documentation.

Height Safety Equipment Maintenance, Service, and Repair, including:

  • Height Safety Cable Systems
  • Height Safety Anchor Points
  • Bespoke Structural Fixings
  • Permanent Access Ladders
  • Fixed & Free Standing Guardrails
  • Walkways
  • Step-over Units
  • Rooflight Protection Covers
  • Abseiling Track Systems, Davits & Anchor Points
  • Confined Space Solutions
  • Roof-top Demarcation Systems
  • Maintenance and Service of Flagpoles
  • Fixed Bolt Testing on Totems
  • Visual Inspections of staircases

We design, install, commission, and support height access systems in addition to maintaining and servicing them.

Inspections, Services and Certification

Highwire staff are fully accredited to deliver a comprehensive range of inspection and certification services to ensure your installation is fully compliant with the latest regulations and, most important, ready for you, your staff and your contractors to use in safety.

Services include:

Recertification Timeline

Examples of what needs to be inspected, and when

System/EquipmentInspection Regime

Fall arrest cable system

BMUs and Suspended access equipmentAnnually
(Load testing)
Abseiling equipmentEvery 6 months
Personal Fall Prevention Equipment (PFPE)Every 6 months
(Inspected & recertified))
Building Maintenance Units (BMUs)Every 6 months
(Visual inspection)


Minor repairs are included within our price. E.g. split pins / re-tensioning / replacement of small number of bolts etc. We don’t set out to fail the system or find faults, in order to charge a revisit repair cost. Many of our competitors may go in extremely competitive on the initial re-test price but their intention is to make excessive money on the repairs.

A full survey of major faults is supplied with our non-conformance certificate should the system fail.

Guardrail Testing & Certification FAQs

1. How often should guardrails be tested for compliance?

Guardrails should undergo testing for compliance annually. Regular inspections ensure they meet the required safety standards and regulations, including BS EN standards, and remain effective in providing collective edge protection.

2. What is involved in the certification process for fall protection systems?

The certification process for fall protection systems includes a thorough inspection of all equipment, testing of structural integrity, verification of fixture points, and detailed reporting. This ensures the systems comply with relevant safety standards and height regulations.

3. Why is guardrail testing important for workplace safety?

Guardrail testing is essential for workplace safety as it ensures that all components are intact and secure. Regular testing helps identify any loose or missing components, preventing potential accidents and ensuring the safety of workers.

4. What types of equipment need regular inspections for compliance?

Equipment such as fall arrest cable systems, abseiling equipment, personal fall prevention equipment (PFPE), and building maintenance units (BMUs) require regular inspections. These inspections help maintain compliance with safety regulations and ensure all safety systems are functioning correctly.

5. How can I ensure my guardrails are up to safety standards?

To ensure your guardrails meet safety standards, schedule regular guardrail compliance testing with a certified provider. They will conduct visual inspections, structural integrity testing, and provide a detailed report, ensuring your guardrails offer hardy edge protection solutions.

6. What happens if my safety equipment fails an inspection?

If your safety equipment fails an inspection, a detailed report will outline the issues and necessary repairs. Minor repairs are often included in the service price, while major faults will be documented in a non-conformance certificate. Ensuring prompt repairs will help maintain compliance and safety.

7 Reasons Why Regular Guardrail Testing and Certification Are Essential

  1. Ensures Worker Safety
    Regular testing and certification of guardrails ensure that fall protection systems are secure, providing safe access and reducing the risk of falls.
  2. Compliance with Regulations
    Adhering to height regulations and safety standards, including BS EN, helps avoid legal issues and fines, ensuring your systems are up to code.
  3. Detects Loose or Missing Components
    Inspections help identify loose or missing components, preventing potential failures and ensuring the integrity of your edge protection systems.
  4. Prolongs Equipment Lifespan
    Regular maintenance and testing of fall protection systems extend the lifespan of your safety equipment by addressing wear and tear early.
  5. Provides Peace of Mind
    Knowing your guardrails are tested and certified regularly provides peace of mind that your workplace is safe and compliant.
  6. Supports Structural Integrity
    Testing ensures the structural integrity of guardrails, especially in high winds or harsh conditions, maintaining hardy edge protection solutions.
  7. Includes Minor Repairs
    Many inspection services include minor repairs, such as re-tensioning and replacing small bolts, ensuring your systems remain in optimal condition without unexpected costs.

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