The HSE is aware of concerns relating to the examination of equipment that is subject to statutory inspection time limits…
The Health and Safety Executive enforces several pieces of legislation that contain requirements for time-bound statutory inspections including:
- The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Duty-holders have a legal responsibility to maintain work equipment and carry out thorough examinations, written schemes and Statutory Inspections. These legal duties exist to help manage the significant hazard that the failure of such equipment can pose, not complying with these duties can significantly increase the risk of harm to workers and members of the public. Under certain circumstances with the agreement of a suitable competent person, some legislation does allow thorough examinations/statutory inspections to be postponed to a later date. Even if such options are taken, it remains the duty-holders responsibility to ensure that the equipment is safe to use. Currently the HSE is not considering issuing exemptions or relaxation of these requirements.