Remote visual inspection
This document from the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) sets out guidance on the use of Remote Visual Inspection technology and with supporting results to supplement the thorough examination/inspection of various types of plant and equipment.
The use of new and emerging technology, Remote Visual Inspection (RVI), is widely used throughout the field of engineering. The inclusion of this technology enables thorough examinations/inspections to be safely undertaken when unsafe, poor, or no access can be established.
The procedure set out in the document aims to outline the requirements and support the use of remote visual inspection to supplement thorough examinations/inspections. Where RVI can be used to supplement the thorough examination/inspection, the Competent Person is advised to consider the following factors to ensure correct application and results can be obtained:
- Review scope of thorough examination/inspection and detailed understanding of acceptance criteria
- It is accepted/not accepted that RVI can supplement the thorough examination/inspection
- The chosen RVI method procedure and technique is appropriate for the use of thorough examination/inspection
- The use of RVI is at the discretion and control of the Competent Person
- The attendance of the Competent Person shall be necessitated by the Written Scheme of Examination/Scheme of Examination
- The Competent Person must be in attendance to witness, direct and review the RVI process in real-time ensuring compliance with the Written Scheme of Examination, Examination Scheme or Scope of Examination for the equipment
- The Competent Person will review all results gained from RVI method and technique
- This will be noted on the Report of thorough examination/inspection report
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BS 8437 – Code of Practice for Selection, Use and Maintenance of Personal Fall Protection Systems
The British Standards Institute is inviting comments on proposed amendments to this document, which sets out best practices regarding personal fall protection from a large number of sources, including information from manufacturers, research studies and training organisations.
Proposed changes are highlighted, and it is only these areas that are under consultation. The standard is for:
- Employers, employees, and self-employed persons who use personal fall protection systems and equipment.
- Designers, e.g., architects and structural engineers.
- Those responsible for the design of safe access routes on buildings and structures.
- Those who commission work at a height, e.g., building owners, contractors, and trainers.
This document sets out the proposed amendments clause by clause. The final date for receipt of comments is the 10th of February 2022.