Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007
Inspection of work equipment.
30. An employer shall ensure that—
(a) where the safety of work equipment depends on the installation conditions—
(i) an initial inspection is carried out after installation is completed and before it is first put into service, and
(ii) an inspection is carried out after assembly at any new site or in any new location, and that the work equipment is installed correctly and is operating properly,
(b) in the case of work equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration liable to result in a danger to safety or health—
(i) periodic inspections and, where appropriate, testing is carried out,
(ii) special inspections are carried out when exceptional circumstances arise which are liable to make the work equipment unsafe, including modification work, accidents, natural phenomena or prolonged inactivity, and
(iii) deterioration is detected and remedied in good time,
(c) inspections carried out under paragraphs (a) and (b) are carried out by a competent person and are appropriate to the nature, location and use of the work equipment,
(d) the results of inspections carried out under paragraphs (a) and (b) are recorded and kept available for 5 years from the date of inspection, for inspection by an inspector and access to these records is made available to users of the work equipment upon request, and
(e) when work equipment is used in another place of work, it is accompanied by evidence of the last inspection carried out under paragraphs (a) and (b).