March 7, 2023

PPE Regulations, Standards and Best Practice

About the author:

Jess Garland is a former IRATA Level 3 rope tech, she spent 9 years dangling from ropes on a wide variety of sites before hanging up her harness to start a family. She continues to use her practical experience from a keyboard with Scannable.

Part of Scannable’s mission is to make equipment management easy, which starts with the question:

Why do I need to log and inspect my gear?

Of course safety is at the forefront of this process, but there is also legal obligation to track equipment. Having a comprehensive inspection log is paramount nowadays.

Every country has different legal requirements for how and when to manage and inspect your equipment. We’ve set to outline which legal documents lay out the legislation, the standards and the best practice for work at height in this downloadable, easy-to-reference table.

Click here to download a copy of the table.

This Presiding Regulatory Authority Reference document from SPRAT may be useful if you're looking for more in-depth information.

Helpful Definitions:

Regulations - Minimum legal safety requirements.

Standards - Specifications or guidelines to help measure compliance. Although Standards are not law, they contribute to legal certainty.

Best Practice - Industry best practice is at the forefront of our industries, improving safety as technology improves or learning from accidents to prevent similar ones happening. Industry best practice is important because it provides very up-to-date, safe work practice and pushes standards to become more current.

Competent Person - Having the necessary ability, knowledge and skill to complete the work safely.

Thorough Examination - A systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specified intervals by a competent person.