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Statutory Testing

Statutory testing entails a systematic and detailed examination of equipment carried out at specified intervals by a competent person. This page outlines the arrangements for statutory testing at UCL.

UCL mandatory requirements for departments with lifting equipment, pressure systems and local exhaust equipment (LEV)

  1. Heads of Department must appoint one (or more) staff as Appointed Persons (Statutory Testing - Lifting Equipment and Pressure Systems) and Appointed Persons (Statutory Testing - Local Exhaust Equipment)
  2. The person(s) appointed must be recorded in the riskNET Departmental Responsible Persons Register

Health and safety law places specific obligations on those providing and controlling certain categories of equipment where safe operation is critically dependent on its condition and where deterioration could result in significant risk to individuals.

Lifting equipment

Lifting equipment is equipment used for lifting and lowering loads and includes the attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it.

Examples of lifting equipment include:

  • Passenger and goods lifts
  • Pallet trucks
  • Jacks
  • Safety harnesses
  • Mobile elevated working platforms (MEWP)

The requirements for staututory testing of lifting equipment at UCL can be found in the standard below:

Lifting Equipment - Statutory Testing

Pressure systems

Pressure systems are systems where the contents are 0.5 bar (7psi) or more above atmospheric pressure or where steam is present at any pressure.

Examples of pressure systems include:

  • Air conditioning 
  • Air receivers
  • Hot water boilers

The requirements for staututory testing of pressure systems at UCL can be found in the standard below:

Pressure Systems - Statutory Testing

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) can be defined as an engineering control system to reduce exposures to airborne contaminants such as dust, mist, fume, vapour or gas in a workplace.

Examples of local exhaust ventilation include:

  • Fume cupboards
  • Microbiological safety cabinets
  • Capture hoods
  • Gas safety cabinets
  • Ventilated or down flow benches

The requirements for staututory testing of LEV at UCL can be found in the standard below:

Local Exhaust Ventilation - Statutory Testing

Roles and responsibilities 

The responsibilities of the Appointed Person (Statutory Testing) can be found at the following link:

Roles and Responsibilities

Last updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Further information

UCL Guidance
> Lifting equipment
> Pressure systems
> Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

Supplementary Guidance
> Zurich plant guide (pdf)