User safety depends on equipment integrity. Equipment should be thoroughly inspected prior to being placed into service and before and after each use. In addition, a detailed periodic inspection, by a competent person, is required at least every 12 months (depending on current local regulations, and your conditions of usage). Re‐inspect the product after any exceptional event(s) or if there is any doubt about its condition.
Inspection frequencies can be increased depending on how often the device is used, environmental conditions, legislation and/or organizational protocols. For each inspection, it is recommended that a Periodic PPE Inspection Form be completed, signed, and archived for the life of the product. In the case of retirement, be sure to render the device useless before disposal to prevent further use.
The ATOM Harness Manual and PPE Inspection Form provided below are resources for detailed inspections. They are not exhaustive. Inspection by a competent person is still required. See the PPE homepage for more information on this process.
By performing a periodic inspection and signing periodic inspection forms, you are declaring yourself as a competent person and assuming responsibility for the implementation of the inspection processes and proper disposition of the PPE.