Eyebolt Testing & Certification
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Newton Force are fully qualified in the selection, installation and testing of Class A1 anchor eyebolts conforming too BS EN 795, BS7883 and EN365.
Eyebolts can be installed into masonry, brick, concrete, steel structures and even cavity walls. These can be used for fall arrest, work restraint, work positioning and rope access activities. The installation is to be carried out as per the manufacturer’s specification and guidelines.
Following installation every eyebolt or anchor device must be proof tested and this should be carried out by a trained and competent person. All eyebolts should be marked in accordance to the relevant British Standards and PPE directives.
Newton Force will issue a certification label for each eyebolt tested indicating the date of next examination, category of use, the relevant standard to which it was tested, identifiable reference number and any other specific detail required for that category of use. A certificate of periodic examination will also be presented to the client.
It is an essential and legal requirement for existing eyebolts to periodically examined.
Any aspect of an existing system which does not comply with the regulations and pass the testing procedure will be recorded and reported to the client. A ‘Do Not Use’ label will be issued to the failing device and details provided to the client with confirmation as to which eyebolts need to be withdrawn from use and recommendations for remedial action.
Periodic eyebolt testing is required at intervals of no more than 12 months for fall arrest and 6 months for rope access equipment. The fundamental difference between fall arrest and rope access/ work positioning is the intended usage of the equipment.
A Fall Arrest eyebolt, which would be used by a window cleaner for access purposes as an example, is designed to save the individual in the event of a fall from height on one occasion. This would then need to be replaced and re-certified in accordance with Health & Safety / LOLER regulations. Anchor devices to BS EN 795 are primarily designed and intended for the purpose of Fall Arrest.
Rope Access systems employ two separately secured lines, one as a means of support and the other as a safety back-up for access or egress to the required working location. Anchor devices for use in rope access must comply with the recommendations of BS 7985:2013 Code of Practice for the use of rope access methods for industrial purposes and IRATA International Code of Practice.