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Difference between thorough examination & preventative maintenance.

Difference Between the Annual Thorough Examination and Preventative Maintenance   

To clarify the difference between the Annual Thorough Examination which is carried out by your insurers they normally insist that this is carried out by themselves to ensure they are happy to provide cover. The Thorough Examination is required under “LOLER” Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. This is usually carried out Annually and is only a visual check no maintenance, servicing or adjustments are carried out. The person who carries out the Thorough Examination cannot be the person carries out the maintenance / servicing.

  The service we provide is the preventative maintenance, servicing which includes greasing, lubricating carrying out adjustments and calibration checks which should be carried out every six months in addition we also provide emergency breakdown cover and repair works. As part of the package we provide we also fit metal ID plates (where applicable) or mark the equipment so each individual piece of equipment has a unique identification number, additionally included is an Electronic Equipment Maintenance Log which list all the equipment we are maintaining showing details such as the make, model, Safe Working Load when the equipment was last checked and when its next due  this is updated and monitored by us on your behalf.

   Additionally we provide Electronic Certification this is emailed over to the responsible person on site and or at head office level or where ever required, following completion of the preventative maintenance an estimate is provided for any equipment defected. The preventative maintenance we carry out comes under “LOLER” Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, “PUWER” Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, as well as individual British Standards such as BS7980 Vehicle lifts. Installation, maintenance, thorough examination and safe use. Code of practice. Axle Stands BSAU223a 1995. Torque Wrenches BS 6789 etc.

PUWER Regulation 5 Maintenance states:

(1) Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

(2) Every employer shall ensure that where any machinery has a maintenance log, the log is kept up to date.

BS7980 Vehicle lifts states:

“The duty to maintain vehicle lifts and provide suitable lifting equipment falls with the scope of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) Although they are separate individual activities, Through Examination, Service / Inspection, maintenance and operator checks should be considered as a related package to ensure the ongoing integrity of the equipment.”

The analogy would be the Thorough Examination is like a MOT for a vehicle and the Preventative maintenance is servicing the vehicle and both must be carried out.  We can provide a demonstration of our Electronic Equipment Maintenance Log and Electronic Certification should you so wish or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

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