The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has revised Guidance Note GN65 which relates to damage to overhead guards, also known as FOPS, or Falling Object Protective Structures. This has been done to reflect the differing legislative requirements for Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) following Brexit.
Previous references to the Machinery Directive, which no longer apply to GB, have been updated to The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, as amended. Important additional detail on inspection and the requirements where replacement guards are not sourced from the original equipment manufacturer have also been added.
David Goss, Technical Manager, BITA said: “FOPS are safety critical structures; both repairs and replacements are subject to statutory controls which can include mandatory third party testing.
“It is important that, following the UK’s departure from the EU, manufacturers, suppliers and users of material handling equipment are fully aware of any new regulations, and their practices amended to ensure they are fully compliant.
“BITA will be reviewing its guidance to the industry and will be updating its advice and Guidance Notes with any pertinent changes. Members will be informed where required, but changes will also be highlighted on the BITA website.”
Guidance Notes are free to BITA members and available to download from the members area of the BITA website. Members may freely redistribute the document within their own organisations. Non-members and other third parties can purchase copies of the Guidance Notes from BITA’s online store.
Anyone with questions on the changes should contact David.Goss@bita.org.uk for further information.