All adventure activities personal protective equipment (PPE) requires inspection prior to and after use. Therefore, all personnel who use PPE should be able to inspect their own equipment and the equipment used by group members and clients who they are responsible for to ensure its safe condition before use. Some relevant areas for PPE inspection are outlined below.
For those of you familiar with PPE inspections and PPE inspection systems they can seem to be a ‘tick the box’ exercise when the inventory is seemingly endless in large centres. It may entail paper based system with faded equipment serial codes and lots of manual handwritten data. Tedious, costly and labour intensive might be three words that spring to mind for adventure centre owners and instructors. So is there an easier route?
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Legislation and management systems:
- CE Marking and Standards
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
- Work at Height Regulations – https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/Work_at_Height/
- The Protection of Children and Young Persons – https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/General_Application_Regulations/Protection_of_Children_and_Young_Persons.html
- Product marking
- Record keeping
- Certificates of conformity
- Disposal of failed items
Equipment inspection and selection:
- Inspection techniques
- Failure criteria
- Common failures
Care, maintenance and storage of the following:
- Helmets (including water activity helmets)
- Slings/anchor strops
- Belay devices
- Energy absorbing devices
- Buoyancy aids