Health and Safety Executive update on statutory inspections during COVID-19

The Medaco team is proud to supply a range of market-leading health and patient care products to customers throughout the UK and a large part of what we do is to ensure that each and every piece of equipment is fit for purpose and properly inspected and maintained.

However, as we all face this period of uncertainty and with our movements restricted, we have received some up to date information from the Health and Safety Executive regarding statutory inspections during the COVID-19 crisis.

Under the current Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) 2000 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998, we have an obligation to maintain equipment, completing thorough and statutory examinations to mitigate risk, hazards or equipment failure.

The HSE has confirmed that during the COVID-19 crisis, there will be no relaxation of the regulations although this is under constant review.

It’s also important to mention that where our engineers are working within restricted sites due to COVID-19 they must comply with site rules, taking into account the wider Public Health England advice on good hygiene practices, PPE and safe distancing.

LOLER and Passenger Lifts

The HSE is advising both owners of lifting equipment and companies that carry out examinations/testing on lifting equipment for the lifting of individuals, to continue to carry out examinations every six months.  An inspection must include a dated report for the lift owner otherwise any lifting equipment that has not been inspected with a six month period should not be used.

For those of us that offer an equipment testing, maintenance, and inspection service whilst unfortunately facing staff shortages, the HSE has quite rightly asked us to prioritise support for the most vulnerable including; hospitals and care homes. HSE will keep the situation under review however there are no plans to issue any exemptions to LOLER requirements.

For those of you that have patient care equipment that fall within these regulations, you must ensure they are inspected and maintained and the Medaco team will, as always,  do all we can to support you over the next few months and beyond.

Patient and carer safety is our absolute propriety.  For our customers that need equipment to be inspected, please ensure you do so in line with the HSE guidance and contact us to make an appointment for one of our engineers to visit you.

You can either call us on 033 33 22 33 44 or email sales@medaco.co.uk.  We are here to help, keeping you and your patients safe and well.

For more information on LOLER inspections, click here.

To find out more about the Medaco Service Agreements click here.