Safety Eyebolts are structural anchorage points.
Often, external works require access from the interior as well as the exterior. Such works may include window cleaning and in some cases minor maintenance works.
To ensure contractor safety, Fall Arrest Safety Eyebolts, Roof Anchors and Ladder Restraints are the common user-friendly solutions.
Safety Eyebolts need to be installed, tested, and conform, to specific Codes of practice for anchor devices.
In the case of fall arrest products, BS EN 365 : 1993 Personal Protective Equipment against falls from height – General Requirements for instructions for use and for marking. This can be carried out by PWC as a service contract and included within the quotation for the system.
With reference to ladder restraints there are no requirements for annual re-certification, however, the straps, Ratchet and “J” hooks must be visually inspected by a competent person every time they are utilized.
Biannual Re-certification of Safety Eyebolts
In the case of rope access work where work positioning is required and a continual load is applied to the anchor device, then the requirements that apply for a thorough inspection and certification are every six months.
BS 7985: 2002 A.4.1 Eye bolts: Code of practice for the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes.
Picture right: A PWC UK operative performing a test on a Safety Eyebolt. Above where he is testing is an example of an Safety Eyebolt fitted.