This guide aims to help employers understand exactly what LOLER is and how its requirements affect them and their business.
Failure to comply fully with the requirements of LOLER can have significant and severe consequences.
Lifting Gear UK have a qualified team of personnel who will be pleased to assist you with LOLER certification, this can be presented either in digital or hard copy format.
What is LOLER?
LOLER brought together several pre-existing sets of legal requirements relating to lifting gear, combining them into a single, co-ordinated statutory inspection regime. LOLER effectively incorporates the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test and Examination) Regulations 1992 and aspects of the Docks Regulations 1988. Those with an understanding of the legal requirements of the above mandatory regimes may therefore already be familiar with some aspects of the LOLER regulations.
What is the purpose of LOLER?
LOLER’s principal purpose is to safeguard those operating or being in the proximity of any lifting equipment used in a working environment. In today’s increasingly litigious society, employers must safeguard themselves from potential legal action resulting from the use of faulty, unsuitable or poorly maintained equipment. If they do not, any resulting penalties may be severe. Lifting Gear UK can advise further on examination and inspection criteria and the methods used to carry out the mandatory LOLER inspections.
It should be noted that although LOLER is the principal safeguarding mechanism relating to lifting equipment, such equipment may also be subject to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), an explanation of which is beyond the scope of this guide.
How does LOLER work?
- LOLER requires that any lifting equipment used or provided in a working environment must be:
- sufficiently robust and well-designed and fit for purpose to lift its specified load.
- installed and located in such a way as to minimise potential risks to health and safety. This would include, for example, any danger from falling objects or the accidental contact of lifting equipment with workers.
- subjected to regular and ongoing inspection and thorough examination by suitably trained and qualified personnel.
- adequately and clearly marked with sufficient information to ensure the safe and correct use of the equipment.
Are there additional requirements?
Yes: LOLER lays down mandatory thorough examination periods for different equipment. These may, for example, mean compulsory examination of accessories every 6 months and other equipment covered by LOLER, every twelve months. Employers should also be able to demonstrate that they are actively complying with LOLER’s mandatory examinations. Please feel free to contact LG-UK for any guidance or assistance.
Does LOLER operate in isolation?
No: LOLER and its requirements should be implemented alongside other statutory requirements.
For example, the Health and Safety at Work Act requires that as far as is reasonably practicable, employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Other requirements beyond LOLER include the implementation of suitable risk assessments, which may identify any additional measures necessary for the elimination or reduction of risk.
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