Frequency of inspection
The complexity and frequency of inspection regimes varies according to the type of system installed and the ancillary equipment used with it. Guideline intervals for testing are affected by legislation, standards, industry norms and/or the manufacturer's specification. Additionally, it is important that the testing frequency takes into account how often the equipment is used and the environment it is used in. Testing frequencies for most common fall protection systems and equipment are as follows as a general guide,
- PPE: Minimum once every 6 months.
- Abseil/roped access points: Minimum once every 6 months.
- Fall restraint/ fall arrest cable systems: Minimum once every 12 months.
- Ladder restraint anchors: Minimum once every 24 months