Some frequently asked questions answered

What is the status of SAFed guidance documents?

SAFed provide guidance documents to the inspection industry as best practice. All documents will have as a minimum been exposed to scrutiny by the HSE to ensure reliable and consistent advice.

The documents, however, are guidance and have no legal standing whatsoever, unless referring to particular and relevant legislation. They do generally provide advice, which if followed, would normally be considered as satisfying the requirements of the general ‘duty of care’ in the safety of equipment.

How do I know if the equipment I provide or use is covered by work equipment regulations?

In general the local authority and HSE would consider the primary use of the equipment to determine whether it is covered by the relevant legislation or not. If in doubt clients should consult their local authority for advice.

Irrespective of whether the equipment is covered by workplace legislation, owners and operators of equipment should be aware that they would be subject to the general duty of care and that SAFed recommends that complying with the workplace legislation would normally be considered to satisfy the more general duty of care.

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