What is an Operational Inspection?

The EN: 15567 says that an operational inspection will be carried out by the operator every 1 to 3 months, or as directed by the constructor.

As stated in the UK Ropes Course Guide...

Generally speaking the constructor’s recommendations should be considered a minimum; however, operators may consider more frequent inspections are required – based on their empirical evidence. Examples of visual and Operational Inspection are:

  • cleanliness
  • condition of ground surface
  • sharp edges
  • missing components
  • excessive wear (of moving parts)
  • structural integrity of the safety system (e.g. condition of cables)

An Operational Inspection should be as comprehensive and thorough as a Periodic Inspection – the only difference being the latter has a greater degree of independence. This requires inspectors to be as competent and knowledgeable as they should be for a Periodic Inspection. For example, they may need to determine the degree of rot in a timber pole and decide, based on industry standards, whether it is acceptable. A thorough knowledge of wire rope discard criteria is invariably essential for an Operational Inspection.

Operational Inspections should be carried out by a qualified and competent person.

Capstone Inspections offers a comprehensive training course called the "Operational Inspections & Maintenance Course" for you and your staff so that you can carry out these type of inspections on your own course, should you wish to do so.

Alternatively, if you would still prefer an independent inspection body to carry out your operational inspections please get in touch.

To find out more, enquire or book your operational inspection and receive details of the full inspection process, please contact ops@capstone-inspections.com.