Manual Handling and Lifting Operations LOLER

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) introduced new requirements for the safe provision and use of lifting equipment.

The LOLER Regulations require that all lifts and lifting equipment provided for use in work activities are thoroughly examined at regular intervals. This applies to lifts and hoists used to lift people or loads. Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that manual handling and the lift and lifting equipment is safe to use and that it is thoroughly examined by a competent person. 

Lift requirements and the law

The law requires that all lifts when in use should be thoroughly examined: 

  • At least every six months if the lift is used at any time to carry people, and every 12 months if it only carries loads or in accordance with an examination scheme 
  • Following "exceptional circumstances" such as damage 
  • After substantial and significant changes have been made 

The competent person is legally required to send a written and signed report of the thorough examination as soon as practicable. These reports should be kept available for consideration by Health and Safety Inspectors for at least two years. 

 

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