LOLER and you
In 1998, LOLER came into effect. LOLER (which stands for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) is part of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, which was originally passed in 1974. It replaced previous, piecemeal legislation and made the rules pertaining to lifting equipment and operations much easier to understand and much more streamlined. But why exactly is it so important?
LOLER is significant for manufacturers, sellers and users of lifting equipment because its goal is to ensure that all lifting equipment is safe and that it is always used safely. It provides a set of legally-enforceable guidelines that ensure that the use of lifting equipment sold in Great Britain is as risk-free as possible. The regulations guarantee the safety of lifting equipment through four key obligations that they put on manufacturers, owners and users.
Firstly, manufacturers are obligated to make their products safe and to identify and reduce any risks associated with them to an acceptable level. Under the vast majority of circumstances, lifting equipment will be subjected to independent testing before manufacturers are allowed to sell it on. This ensures that when you buy a new piece of lifting equipment, it will meet the safety standards you’d expect.
Secondly, the regulations state that only people with the appropriate qualifications may use lifting equipment. What’s more, employers must ensure that all employees who work with lifting equipment are fully appraised of the instructions for use issued by the manufacturers. These rules are designed to reduce the risk of someone being injured while using lifting equipment due to human error.
Thirdly, owners must keep their lifting equipment in good condition and inspect it regularly for faults. Regulation 9 lays out the mandatory intervals at which thorough inspections must be carried out. Lifting equipment and accessories must be inspected every six months whereas smaller, less hazardous lifting appliances must be inspected every 12 months. All inspections must be carried out by competent professionals with a high level of technical knowledge and must be supervised in an appropriate fashion. All inspections should be documented and any faults discovered must be reported to the appropriate authority and to the person responsible for maintaining the equipment. These rules ensure that lifting equipment remains safe and usable throughout its life: older lifting equipment won’t let you down.
Finally, owners must keep records of all their lifting equipment, including documentation that proves when it was made and that it complied with all the appropriate regulations at the time it was manufactured. This means that buyers like you can be sure of a piece of equipment’s provenance and safety record.
LOLER contains a variety of regulations that support or relate to the rules that we’ve explained above. These rules represent the core principles of LOLER and they ensure that your equipment is safe to use, whether you purchase it directly from the manufacturer, from a first-hand supplier or from a second-hand dealer. They also ensure that you and your employees can safely use the equipment. In short, LOLER is important because it protects you from both faulty equipment and human error.
With Rapid Platforms, you can be assured that all of our equipment is LOLER inspected and approved by our trained and experienced staff. If you have any more questions, call 01279 501501.