Access Contracting Limited
Unit 34, Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield S9 2RX
Tel: 0114 256 1197 Fax: 0114 242 2440

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Access Testing have the answers to all your most common queries..

There are certain questions which we at Access Testing are asked over and over again, so you may find the answer to your query here.  If you do not, then call or e-mail us with any queries or requests for further information and we we do our best to help.

General FAQs

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Do we need to or why should we complete periodic inspect of roof edge protection handrail and guardrails?

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Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 there is a responsibility to ensure we provide a safe place of work for our employees, those under our control and any others who could be affected by our actions.

Under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) in general terms requires that equipment provided for use at work is:-

  • -         Suitable for the intended use
  • -         Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and, in certain circumstances, inspected to ensure this remains the case

PUWER Regulation 6 Inspection, states equipment should be inspected:-

  • That work equipment exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is inspected at suitable intervals
  • Any deterioration can be detected and remedied in good time
  • That every employer shall ensure that the result of the inspection is recorded and kept until the next inspection.   

 Under the Workplace (health, safety and welfare) Regulations 1992

 Regulation 5- Maintenance of workplace, and of equipment, devices and systems, ACOP 5:42 states

 “equipment that could fail and put workers at serious risk should be properly maintained and checked at regular intervals, as appropriate, by inspection, testing,adjustment, lubrication, repair and cleaning” section 5:43 states “any faults should be properly rectified as soon as possible. Action should be taken immediately to isolate and rectify the fault where there is a risk of serious or imminent harm” 

Technical FAQs

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Is it essential to use a system traveller with a horizontal cable system, or can I just use a Karabiner?

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What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint?

Support FAQs

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Do I need training, and do I need to train my employees or contractors in the safe use of fall protection and facade access equipment?

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Would I be better supplying the PPE (harnesses, lanyards and system travellers) for my fall protection safety systems or should I get contractors to supply their own.

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With regards to working at Height the duties of the Duty holder - building owner, manager or person in control are: