How to be LOLER Compliant – a Quick Guide and a Discount

It’s been around a long time now – “LOLER” but what exactly is it and what should you be doing to comply? The Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations 1998 (LOLER 1998) replaced a number of pieces of older legislation in the UK concerned with the examination and testing of equipment used to lift items or people at work. LOLER is also concerned with the planning and execution of lifting operations but this is not included in this article. Further guidance about the laws relating to lifting operations can be seen here.

In simple terms, any lifting equipment that you are using in your workplace, to lift things or people, must comply with the requirements of LOLER 1998 i.e. they should have been thoroughly examined by a competent person (someone who “has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment” (LOLER Approved Code of Practice – HSE).

LOLER 1998 regulations require that lifting equipment is thoroughly examined by a competent person:

  • immediately after the repair or replacement of an essential component,
  • whenever it is removed and re-fitted to the original chassis, or
  • within 12 months of its last examination.
  • lifting accessories such as equipment used to attach a load to lifting machinery e.g. slings and chains — need to undergo a thorough examination every six months.
  • lifting equipment or lifting accessories for lifting people – every 6 months.

Remember also you must ensure that any lifting equipment, that you obtain from a third party, for use on your premises OR lifting equipment that leaves your undertaking for use on another premises, must be in compliance with the requirements for a thorough examination.

Typical work equipment which should be subjected to a thorough examination include:

  • Tractor front end loaders
  • Forklift trucks
  • Telescopic handlers
  • Mounted cranes
  • Workshop hoists and rope hoists
  • Backhoe loaders
  • Excavators
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Mobile elevating work platforms.

A certificate must be produced following the examination and should be readily available to prove that you have complied with the law.

What you need to do next?:

  • Decide which items of your equipment, machinery and accessories require a thorough examination and confirm that it has been completed within the stipulated timeframe.
  • Check that the safe working load is marked on all equipment and accessories.

Who can help you to comply?: 

UK Risk Management & Engineering Services offer a UK wide examination and inspection service. They work with agricultural businesses, engineering workshops and National Plant Hire companies around the UK and offer an exceptional level of customer service. They have also recently invested in new systems to further enhance their offering and offer a seamless inspection and certification service.

Contact UKRMES and speak to Keith Short. Be sure to mention RASCS and you will be offered a 5% discount on your initial equipment examination costs.

Address: Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1PP

Phone: 0191 917 4664
Or if you would like to discuss your requirements with me please contact me for a no obligation discussion of your needs.