What UDT stands for and what it does

UDT logoThe UDT is the Office of Technical Inspection - a state institution that was established to ensure the safety of any technical machinery together with installations that are subject to technical supervision. The foundation of the UDT is laid down in legal acts, primarily the Act of 21 December 2000, which speaks of technical supervision. From this Act we learn what the Office of Technical Inspection is responsible for. Its tasks include:

  • controlling, monitoring and complying with legislation on safety in the use of technical equipment and on technical supervision
  • keeping records of technical equipment put into service
  • quality system certification for technical equipment
  • technical supervision of technical equipment
  • Analysis of the effects of technical defects and continuous monitoring of the degree of danger posed by these devices
  • Issuing decisions and opinions on the implementation of technical supervision
  • Activities aimed at improving the professional skills of manufacturers and users of technical equipment with regard to their safe operation
  • Establishing training programmes for those who use and maintain technical equipment
  • Testing the qualifications of those who manufacture technical equipment and those who upgrade, maintain, operate and repair it

Technical supervision and equipment

Technical Inspection is any activity recorded in the Technical Inspection Act to ensure the safe operation and use of technical equipment. The technical devices that are subject to Technical Supervision were recorded in a decree of the Council of Ministers on 7 December 2012. The list of all machines is very long and includes devices that, for example, may pose a danger through the expansion of pressurised gases, the distribution of dangerous loads during their transport (e.g. steam boilers, liquid boilers, liquefied gas tanks and cisterns) as well as all so-called handling machines (e.g. hoists, cranes). Equipment subject to technical supervision also includes:

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  • Mobile platforms
  • Overhead cranes
  • Stacker cranes
  • Passenger or freight cranes
  • Escalators and moving walkways
  • Equipment for disabled persons
  • Mobile trucks
  • lift trucks

And also:

  • Pressure cookers
  • Pipelines
  • Movable platforms
  • Cableways
  • Loading equipment
  • Track cranes

About the qualifications of the UDT

It is very important that a plant that manufactures, repairs, modernises or assembles technical equipment has a licence issued by the UDT. We are talking here about plants occurring in our country as well as foreign companies. The UDT authorisations also define the qualifications of each individual employee of the plant in the scope of service and repair or operation of equipment that is subject to technical supervision, and more precisely - handling equipment.

Certificates, which are issued by the Office of Technical Inspection, confirm employees' knowledge of the legislation and rules, knowledge of the technical conditions of technical supervision. The certificate confirms skills in operating or maintaining equipment subject to technical supervision.

A factory employee who wishes to obtain a UDT licence must successfully pass a state examination before an examination board. The exam consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

An advantageous solution to having a UDT licence is to enrol in a course and obtain the necessary knowledge on it.

Operator Training Centre offers high quality UDT training. You are most welcome.

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