The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations , which are often abbreviated to LOLER, LOLER Regulations or LOLER LOLER essentially puts in place four key protocols that all employers. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations You are here: No. ; Table of Contents. Table of Contents · Content · More Resources .

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Act which came into loleer in Great Britain on 5 December [1] and replaced a number of other pieces of legislation which covered the use of lifting equipment.

The regulations define lifting equipment as “work equipment for lifting or lowering loads and includes its attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it”. Equipment covered would include lifts, cranes, ropes, slings, hooks, shackles, eyebolts, rope and pulley systems and forklift trucks. A safe working load SWL should, according to the regulations be marked onto lifting equipment with the relevant SWL being dependent on the configuration of the 9198, accessories for lifting such as eye bolts, lifting magnets and lifting beams should also be marked.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Lifting equipment that is designed for lifting people must also be appropriately and clearly marked. The regulations stated that all lifts provided for use with work activities should be thoroughly examined by a ‘competent person’ at regular intervals.

Lifts when in use should be thoroughly examined every six months if, at any time, the lift has been used to carry people. Lifts used to only carry loads should be examined every 12 months.

These are a legal requirement and should be carried out by a competent person, usually your insurance company will request 199 3rd party independent Inspector.

These inspections should be carried out at 6month intervals for all lifting items and 12 months for those that could be covered by PUWER although a competent person may deem different time scales:. The Christopher Grange nursing home run by the Catholic Blind Institute was prosecuted by the health and safety executive for failing to carry out regular checks of the sling equipment which was used to lift Mrs Shannon, who suffered a broken shoulder and injuries to her back and elbow.


Speaking of the prosecution Sarah Wadham, the HSE’s lo,er officer, said that the incident could have been prevented, saying to the press “There should have been regular checks of the sling and it 198 have been thoroughly examined at least once every six months.

Sadly this did not happen. LOLER essentially puts in place four key protocols that all employers and workers must abide by: All lifting equipment is normally put through an independent type testing liler to establish that it will safely perform the tasks required to one of the below standards. They are designed to be used consistently as a rule, guideline or definition.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Machinery Regulations (LOLER 98), University Safety Office

All manufacturers of lifting equipment are koler to send out instructions for use of all products. The employer is then obliged to make sure employees are aware of these instructions and use the lifting equipment correctly. To achieve this the employees must be competent.

Competence is achieved through experience, technical knowledge and training. It is good practice for all personnel using lifting equipment to conduct a pre-use inspection on all items. Regulation 9 of LOLER also outlines specific requirements for the formal inspection of lifting equipment at mandatory intervals.

These inspections are to be performed by a competent person and the findings of the inspections recorded. Maximum fixed periods for thorough examinations and inspection of lifting equipment as stated in regulation 9 of LOLER are: Any inspection record must be made in line with the requirements of schedule 1 of LOLER The only exception to this is: If the lifting equipment has not been used before and; In the case of lifting equipment issued with an EC declaration of conformity, the employer has possession of such declaration and it is not made more than 12 months before the lifting equipment is put into service.


You are legally required to ensure that reports of thorough examinations are kept available for consideration by health and safety inspectors for at least two years or until the next report, whichever is longer. Records must be kept for all equipment.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Machinery Regulations 1998 (LOLER 98)

This should prove that when first made, it complied with any requirement. In Europe today, this document 19998 normally be an EC Declaration of conformity plus a manufacturers certificate if called for by the standard worked to. They may be kept electronically as long as you can provide a written report if requested. To gain an understanding of the your Health and Safety requirements in the motor vehicle repair industry in full read document HSG From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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