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Compliance Testing

How 3D Access solutions ensures a safe system of work on your site.

With many years of experience in the rope access field, diversifying into external fabric maintenance services compliance testing is a natural progression for our company.
You can count on us to ensure a safe system of work on your site.

Our compliance testing & maintenance services cover:

Testing Legislation

To keep your safety system fully compliant, there are a number of tests to carry out. As you would expect, we can provide you with all your legally required tests & inspections.

What we would need to test to keep you compliant :

Rope Access Eyebolts – Need testing & examining every 6 months to comply with BS EN353 7985:2002.

Window Cleaning Eyebolts – Need testing & examining every 12 months to comply with EN795:1997 & BS 7883:2005 regulations.

Horizontal Safety Lines – Need testing & examining every 12 months to comply with BS 7883:2005.

Fixed Ladder Testing – Need periodic inspections to comply with regulation 5 of the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and BS 4211:2005.

Our compliance testing & maintenance services conform to the BS Code of Practice BS 7985:2002, under BS EN795. BS EN795 is the British Standards directive for Protection Against Falls from Height (Anchorage Devices – Requirements and Testing).

Safety Lines

The annual compliance testing of safety lines is an absolute must. It is a legal requirement for all rope access contractors & similar businesses. 3D Rope Access offers testing services for horizontal, vertical, overhead, track-based, & internal safety line systems.

Perennial issues of safety lines may include cable tension & fracturing, swage in the safety line, missing or loose fittings, & vandalism. Most of its issues are due to the vagaries of Mother Nature.

Guardrail Edge Protection

As well as offering numerous types of guardrail systems, we at 3D Rope Access are able to offer compliance testing & maintenance. This includes permanent & temporary systems. For example, freestanding systems designed for use as walkways. Also, radius-based systems (for curved structures) & collapsible systems (can be folded back with bolt & wing nut fittings).

Common faults of guardrails include deviation from its original position; damage to critical components & counterbalance weights; & loose or missing components. Guardrails can also be prone to vandalism.

Eyebolts

Eyebolts offer a safe anchorage on many structures for rope access technicians. As well as allowing for rope access technicians, they are also used for visual merchandising purposes. They are only safe if tested often (annually, or every six months if designed for abseiling).

Compliance testing entails checking for loose fixtures and fittings, missing eyebolts & tags, & structural damage.

Access Ladders

For vertical entry onto rooftops, communications masts, floodlighting posts, & signalling gantries, safe access to the structure is an absolute must. Compliance testing for access ladders has to be undertaken every 12 months. This includes fall arrest ladders and tracks, vertical access ladders, & ladder ties.

Over time & tumultuous weather conditions, ladders can be prone to corrosion. The rungs may warp, making for unsafe access. Its protective cage at the top of each gantry, mast or floodlight post may be defective, or the ladder tracks may be less free than normal.

Mobile Man Anchors

Mobile man anchors can be convenient as a short term measure. They can be moved from one end of the building to another with ease. They allow for maximum flexibility for rope access technicians, as mobile man anchors will happily fit inside a 1.5m radius.

Compliance testing dates are, most importantly, immobile. We at 3D Rope Access offer frequent testing of mobile man anchors. Tangible signs of mobile man anchor equipment failure include dents, distortion, signs of pulling on its shock absorbers, corrosion or cracks, & loose fittings.

PPE Kits

Personal Protective Equipment is tested to BS EN 365:2004. All PPE should be visually inspected every six months, & certified every 12 months. When life-expired, all PPE needs to be replaced. We at 3D Rope Access – based on our experience with PPE – will check your Personal Protective Equipment for every loose thread or other signs of wear and tear.

Whether it’s the six-monthly test or annual certification, we shall keep a keen eye out for any tears & cuts or excessive wear to padding. If there’s broken stitching, rusting, heat damage or chemical damage, we shall nip this in the bud and suggest (to our clients) their immediate replacement.

Walkways

Without walkways, accessing rooftops – flat or pitched – can be a dangerous task. Like any structure and the roofing materials, walkways need regular maintenance. They need to be inspected every 12 months, as per BS EN 516:2006. All walkways require handrails and toeboards.

Our compliance testing involves cleaning the walkway, & ensuring all handrails & toeboards comply with the safety standards. As with all roofs, walkways can be affected by our weather conditions, loose fixtures or fittings, vandalism, corrosion, & the build up of dirt and debris.

Dry Risers

Protecting your business & employees from fire damage is most important. Making sure fire-fighting equipment (such as dry risers) is fully tested, is equally important. As per BS 9990:2006, dry risers need to be visually tested every six months & fully serviced each year.

Our compliance testing services extend to dry risers. There’s more to the thorough testing of fire-fighting equipment for the sake of compliance. Failing to do so could cost your livelihood or, at worst, your life.