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REASON WHY COMPETENCY AND INSPECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT

Safety is the state of being "safe", the condition of being protected against physical,
social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational,
or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm, or any other
event that could be considered non-desirable. Safety can also be defined to be the
control of recognized hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk. This can take
the form of being protected from the event or from exposure to something that causes
health or economical losses. It can include protection of people or of possessions .
Interaction between personnel, equipment and environment in industrial operations,
had at one time or the other resulted to injury or death. So the need for safety becomes
unavoidable. There are five sources of hazards in a work place. Materials, Equipment,
Environment, People and System. In order to avoid re-occurring accidents, emphasis is
on application of regulations and standards in our daily operations. They are as follows
LEGISLATION CONCERNING MANUFACTURE OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT

Lifting equipment has long been identified as an industrial practice that calls
for special measures to ensure safety. As a result, legislation has contained
requirements both for the design and condition (Normative safety) of
lifting equipment and for the way lifting equipment is used.

1.

The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974: The HASAW therefore covers all
work situations and ensures the safety of people at work and those who might be
affected by the actions of people at work.
(a) Section 6 The duties of the designer, manufacturer, importer, installer and/or
supplier
(b) Requirements for new lifting equipment are given in the European Machinery
Directive

2. LEGISLATION CONCERNING THE USE OF LIFTING EQUIPMENT


(a) HASAW Section 2 The duties of the employer (Provides Training)

(b) HASAW Section 7 -The duties of employees (Competency)


(c) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Regulation 9
(Competency and Inspection)
(d) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Regulations 1-11
(e) ISO 15513 Requirements for the banksman and slinger competency
(f) Department of petroleum resources, Mineral oils (safety) regulations 1997 section 38 sub
sections I IV (lifting equipment inspection and personnel competency)
(g) Factory Acts 1990. Sections 20 22 (Lifting equipment inspection and personnel
competency)
(h) The Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999 (Personnel
Competency)
(I) API RP 2D (Offshore crane operator competency training)
(j) OSHA Occupational Health and Safety Administration.