What is LOLER?
The LOLER regulations came into force on 5 December 1998.
LOLER is the abbreviation of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It is often referred to as the LOLER regs or LOLER 98 regulations.
LOLER regulations aim to reduce the risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment provided promoting safety at work. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
LOLER covers a wide range of lifting equipment, the regulations can apply across all industry sectors; from construction through to healthcare, most industries and commercial activity will use some kind of equipment used for lifting.
Over the years, technological progress has meant that innovative, often complex and powerful lifting equipment is available for use. Regardless of whether the equipment is modern and complex or more traditional lifting equipment, LOLER will apply if it is used by employees or the relevant self-employed at work.
If you are self-employed and your work poses no risk to the health and safety of others, then health and safety law may not apply to you. HSE has guidance to help you understand if the law applies.
What is lifting equipment?
Lifting equipment is any equipment used at work for lifting and lowering loads, this also includes any accessories that may be used during the lifting process (such as attachments to support, fix or anchor the equipment being used)
Examples of lifting equipment include:
- overhead cranes and their supporting runways
- patient hoists
- motor vehicle lifts
- vehicle tail lifts and cranes fitted to vehicles
- a building cleaning cradle and its suspension equipment
- goods and passenger lifts
- lifting accessories
Lifting accessories are pieces of equipment that are used to attach the load to lifting equipment, providing a link between the two. Any lifting accessories used between lifting equipment also need to be meet LOLER regulations through a LOLER inspection.
Examples of lifting accessories include:
- fibre or rope slings
- chains (single or multiple legs)
- spreader beams
- Magnetic and vacuum devices
A full list of items required by LOLER for A thorough examination/inspection is available here or alternatively, you can even call the LOLER inspection specialist team on 01675 481779.
Equipment not covered by LOLER
Sometimes equipment can appear to be of the “lifting” nature and therefore thought to be covered by LOLER, particularly with its wide scope of equipment.
However you should be aware, there are some notable exceptions that are not covered by LOLER.
- pallet trucks, where the consequence of the load falling off is very low
- roller shutter doors
- fall arrest ropes
- tipper trucks
- dentist chairs
However, where this equipment is used at work, it will need to be maintained for safety and may (in some cases) be subject to regulations that require inspection under PUWER.
LOLER requires that all equipment used for lifting must be thoroughly examined in a number of situations, including:
- before first use (unless there is a valid Declaration of Conformity made less than 12 months earlier)
- where it depends on installation or re-installation / assembly at another site
- where it is exposed to conditions causing deterioration, liable to result in danger
Records of thorough examinations should be made and, where defects are identified, they should be reported to both the person using the equipment and to any person responsible for the equipment.
If defects are identified they must also be reported to the relevant enforcing authority (HSE for industrial workplaces; local authorities for most other workplaces). This will ensure that the regulations are met for the safety at work act until the lifting equipment is fit for purpose.
Don’t be caught out by not having your lifting equipment thoroughly inspected, ensure to abide by the LOLER regulations to use all of your lifting equipment in a safe manner for years to come.
For more help and information regarding your lifting equipment, you can always contact one of our team members for help and advice.