Put simply, the LOLER regulations require that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. It also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task and suitably marked, with suitable maintenance recorded and defects reported. The Health and Safety Executive HSE offers the following advice for businesses or organizations undertaking lifting operations providing lifting equipment for others to use: Where you undertake lifting operations involving lifting equipment you must: plan them properly use people who are sufficiently competent supervise them appropriately ensure that they are carried out in a safe manner What lifting equipment is covered by LOLER? However, when used at work, the provisions of PUWER still apply to all equipment including selection, inspection, maintenance, and training. Some examples of work equipment which does not come under LOLER but still comes under the provisions of PUWER include escalators, stair lifts and platform lifts for the use of customers within a workplace.
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All equipment must also be appropriately marked, the HSE advises: All lifting equipment, including accessories, must be clearly marked to indicate their safe working loads SWL , which is the maximum load the equipment can safely lift. Accessories must also be marked to show any characteristics that might affect their safe use.
This may include the weight of the parts, where their weight is significant. Where the SWL of any equipment or accessory depends on its configuration, the information provided on the SWL must reflect all potential configurations for example, where the hook of an engine hoist can be moved to different positions, the SWL should be shown for each position. In some cases, the information should be kept with the lifting machinery, e. A competent person: Should have enough appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment so that they can detect defects or weaknesses, and assess how important they are in relation to the safety and continued use of the equipment.
May be employed by a separate company, or selected by an employer from members of their own staff. Should be sufficiently independent and impartial to make objective decisions. Should not be the same person who performs routine maintenance as they would be responsible for assessing their own work.
Planning Lifting Operations Before any lifting operation, LOLER requires that any foreseeable risks involved in the work are identified and that the appropriate resources including people necessary for safe completion are appropriately allocated. The plan needs to clearly set out the actions involved at each stage of the operation and identify the responsibilities of those involved.
The degree of planning and complexity of the plan will vary and should be proportionate to the foreseeable risks involved in the work.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Your health and safety responsibilities have not changed in the transition period. Find the latest information on our Brexit pages These Regulations often abbreviated to LOLER place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority. What you should do If your business or organisation undertakes lifting operations or is involved in providing lifting equipment for others to use, you must manage and control the risks to avoid any injury or damage. Where you undertake lifting operations involving lifting equipment you must: plan them properly using people who are sufficiently competent supervise them appropriately to ensure that they are carried out in a safe manner What you should know LOLER is supported by the Safe use of lifting equipment: Approved Code of Practice ACOP and additional free guidance from HSE.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
All equipment must be safe and suitable for purpose. The manufacturer must identify any hazards associated with the equipment in question, they must then assess these hazards to bring them down to acceptable levels. All lifting equipment is normally put through an independent type testing process 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. All personnel must be suitably trained. All manufacturers of lifting equipment are obliged to send out instructions for use of all products.
A simple guide to Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)