Engineering Inspection Services

What we do

Our engineering inspection services

At British Engineering Services we have the technical expertise, knowledge and resources to help you manage your business' risk and maintain compliance with regulatory and health & safety obligations. We offer the full range of engineering testing, inspection, certification and notified body services, covering:

  • Lifting equipment
  • Pressure systems
  • Electrical installations
  • Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
  • Power presses; and
  • Any other work equipment regulated by law.

We have outlined in further detail the most common services we offer below, but please speak to one of our experts about other services we can deliver if you can't find what you're looking for.

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Air conditioning and refrigeration plant inspections

If the total installed power of the system exceeds 25kW, a Written Scheme of Examination and thorough examination is required under the Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000.

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Air receiver inspections

All air receivers above 0.5 bar pressure and 250 bar litres are regulated under the Pressure System Safety Regulations 2000. Under the law, these receivers require regular certified inspections. If correct inspection and maintenance procedures are not in place, air receivers can fail catastrophically.

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Boiler inspections

Wrongly designed, sited or installed boilers can lead to serious failures that can have a major effect on people, production and the plant in general. As a manager or an employer, you have an obligation to ensure the safe installation and operation of your boiler systems, as well as conduct regular engineering inspections as identified by the written scheme of examination, governed by the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000.

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Crane and lifting equipment inspections

Health and safety law places obligations on employers for the safe provision, control and use of cranes, lifting equipment and accessories. With some types of equipment, inspections and checks should be conducted on a regular basis, alongside consistent thorough examinations every six or twelve months. These checks are regulated under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and are essential to verify that the equipment can continue to operate safely

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Escalator inspections

Businesses have responsibility for the safety of escalators provided for use by workers and members of the public. Six monthly thorough examinations are strongly advised.

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Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems inspections

There is now a legal obligation under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) that employers have their equipment examined by a competent person at intervals dependent on the application of the equipment. COSHH also requires employers to ensure that their employees are not exposed to hazardous substances, or that exposure is adequately controlled by other means besides personal protective equipment. LEV systems are controlled by the COSHH Regulations, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002.

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Forklift truck inspections

Forklift truck inspections fall under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. They are subject to both regular service and maintenance inspections, as well as regular, periodic thorough examinations.

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Fixed electrical wiring inspections

Fixed electrical wiring inspections can include everything from a small visual check of accessible components to a large-scale project that requires full survey & testing, job-specific risk assessments, a documentation review and more. The fixed wiring inspections are governed under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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Lift inspections

Lift inspections are regulated by Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, which aims to control the risks associated with the failure of mechanical components or electrical devices. Under the regulations, lifts are required to be inspected by a competent person and it is recommended that this person is independent. You also need to be aware that statutory inspection requirements may not be included in the maintenance agreement, which means you would need to manage them separately.

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LPG vessel inspections

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels fall under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and will require an examination and non-destructive testing, in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination.

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Power press and press brakes inspections

Power presses and press brakes inspections with interlocking guards are subject to thorough examination every six months, while items with fixed guards must be examined at 12 monthly intervals. Power presses are regulated under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the legislation is supported by an approved Code of Practice.

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Guillotine inspections

Guillotines are work equipment and require inspection under Regulation 6 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. They are, however, extremely dangerous machines, so we would strongly recommend thorough examinations by a competent and independent Engineer Surveyor, at least every 6 months.

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Pressure vessel inspections

All pressure systems must be examined in accordance with a Written Scheme of Examination under the Pressure Safety Systems Regulations 2000. Pressure vessel regulations apply to both owners & users. They place an obligation for the thorough examination and the inspection of any vessels over 250 bar litres containing compressed gas over 0.5 bar.

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Used to observe the temperature of the surface of an item through an infrared camera or monitor. Through this test, it is possible to determine any wall thinning, build-up of scale, or the presence of wet insulation. The test is also applicable to containers consisting of either hot or cold liquid, allowing a non-invasive observation of the level of the liquid.

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We can also assist with Risk Based Inspection Services as part of our specialist services, where we have helped customers achieve safety improvements and multi-million pound savings as a direct result of our advice and guidance. To find out more about whether the RBI approach would be suitable for you, download our free Risk Based Inspection Guide.


Why us:

We take safety & compliance seriously and have unsurpassed engineering inspection, certification accreditations and memberships, including:

  • The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) Corporate Member
  • Founder Member of SAFed
  • Member of The British Safety Council
  • Member of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
  • Achilles - Certificate of Registration
  • Members of the Manchester Occupational Health & Safety Group

To quickly determine the relevant legislation for your plant and keep within your statutory inspection requirements, download our free Engineering Inspection Guide.


Over the many years that we've been providing engineering inspection services, we found that we often get asked the following questions by our clients. Click here to send us your question, if you can't find what you're looking for. 

What does UKAS Type ‘A’ Body mean for you?

If you’re wondering why you need your engineering inspection supplier to hold UKAS Type ‘A’ accreditation, the answer is simple: it’s to ensure there is no ‘Fear or Favour’ or ‘Conflict of Interest’ with your operational, commercial or maintenance/servicing regimes. 

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What is a Written Scheme of Examination?

Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), all users and owners of pressure systems need to be able to demonstrate that their equipment is safe to use and that they are firmly aware of its safe operating limits. This is achieved by having a Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) completed by a ‘Competent Person’ with associated thorough examination reports.

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Why do you need a Written Scheme of Examination?

The Written Scheme of Examination (WSE) is a document that details safety devices and components associated with a pressure system; it defines the system in operation, the safety devices present, as well as the type and frequency of thorough examinations required. The document also lays out periods for any additional inspections required for each device or component. Under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR), users and owners of most pressure plant must have a WSE.

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What is a PUWER inspection?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 place duties on people who own, operate or control work equipment and machinery used in everyday workplaces.  The aim of the regulations are to keep people safe whenever they use machinery or equipment at work and PUWER inspections are there to determine if the work equipment can be operated, adjusted and maintained safely and that any deterioration can be detected.

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Why carry out electrical inspection and testing?

First and foremost, there is the moral obligation to protect your employees against death or injury. Yet many employers probably hope or believe that such consequences won’t happen in their place of work and commercial pressures can often frustrate any good intentions. However, there are very strong legal and commercial reasons why dutyholders should ignore electrical safety at their peril.

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How often should I carry out electrical inspections?

While the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) governs the duties placed on employers to have periodic tests in respect of electrical safety, duty holders must look further to determine the frequency of their electrical inspection and testing intervals.

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Our Services

Our team of highly experienced and qualified engineers cover the full range of engineering services and offer access to latest technological innovations, along with dedicated ongoing advice and support.

InspectionAll plant and equipment regulations

All plant and equipment regulations
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TestingMechanical testing and NDT

 Mechanical testing and NDT
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CertificationExtensive certification and notified body services

Extensive certification and notified body services
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Technical expertiseMaximising safety and compliance together

Maximising safety and compliance together
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