When should I replace my seat belt?
The most common question we often hear is: When should the seat belt be replaced? Well, the answer is very long, the answer is very short, this is what we will outline in this week's blog.
Official advice on when to replace seat belts
Generally, the average life span of a typical seat belt is about 5 years. It really depends on the brand and model of the harness itself-some can even be used for up to ten years. Again, this depends on the function of the individual device and the manufacturer's recommendations.
However, don't stop reading there! Although the law does not specify a specific and arbitrary time limit for when to replace the equipment, the "High Altitude Work Regulations 2005" requires that any equipment that is exposed to conditions that may cause deterioration (there are many such equipment, including safety Straps and lanyards), employers need to check them regularly, and immediately after any incidents that may cause it to experience special physical stress.
Generally, the health and safety executive recommends that the fixtures of fall protection equipment should be inspected at least once a year or every 12 months. At the same time, the energy-absorbing lanyards should be checked at least every six months, and if they are often used under severe conditions, they should be checked every three months (in other words, if they fall frequently, they must be checked) .
How to judge whether the seat belt needs to be replaced
Please remember that even if you follow the official regulations, you have to bear the ultimate responsibility to ensure the safety of employees. If your equipment fails and hurts your employees, it doesn’t matter if you follow the recommended inspection times. Essentially, you need to check it as many times as it does. Trust your instincts-if you think your safety equipment is threatened, stop using it immediately until you are sure it is safe; if not, replace it. Your risk assessment also needs to consider working conditions.
Some simple ways to tell when you need to replace a seat belt or seat belt are:
If the manufacturing date cannot be found
Basically for the same reason mentioned above-if you can’t trace its source, you can’t guarantee its security.
If you cannot find the inspection date recorded in the last 12 months
It needs to be clear that the absolute maximum time between two examinations is 12 months. This means that if you can’t find the date within that time, don’t risk using your seat belt.