Not a week seems to go by when I don’t explain the difference between ‘servicing’ and ‘statutory inspection’ in relation to items of plant.

There is often confusion within organisations as to whether they are having items inspected in accordance with Legislation or not. Many organisations believe that they are adhering to the Legislation when they are having items ‘Serviced’ but upon further examination, this is not always the case.

UK Legalisation such as Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR) and The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) amongst others, place requirements on organisations and controlling parties to have items such as Passenger/Goods Lifts, Hoists, Cranes, Boilers, Coffee Machines, Air Receivers, Fume Cupboards and other items inspected by a qualified engineer. Any company conducting a Statutory Inspection will provide the organisation with a Certificate following the inspection along with recommendations as to whether any work to the item needs to be undertaken.

For clarification, usual responsibilities are:

  • Insurer/Other Company – Undertakes the Statutory Inspection of the item and checking that any work that has been done complies with the Law. Certification is provided.
  • Servicing Company – Undertakes regular servicing, undertakes repairs and implements any suggested improvements.

For ease, think of the car analogy, Statutory Inspection as the MOT for your car (required by law) and whereas Servicing is something completely different.

Inspection frequencies can range anywhere from every 6 months for Passenger Lifts up to 5 years for Fixed Electrics. Each type of item has its own inspection frequency governed by Legislation.

For assistance please contact us at D E Ford Insurance Brokers as we work with several engineering inspection providers who can arrange Statutory Inspections of your items of plant.

By Michael Cushing, ACII, Chartered Insurance Broker


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