n the full version of the LOLER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), which gives The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), the. (a) the LOLER 98 Regulations in full;. (b) the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP); and. (c) guidance material that has been written to help people use these. Safe use of lifting equipment Approved Code of Practice and guidance, associated with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment.

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The DoCwhich must accompany the new product, is an important document, which should be retained by the user. Other more specific legislation may also apply, for example the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulationswhen safety harnesses are being used for rope access work during activities such as window cleaning. A simple guide for employers Lifting equipment at work: Accessories must also be marked to show any characteristics that might affect their safe use.

These Regulations often abbreviated to LOLER place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. LOLER only applies to lifting equipment which is used at work.

This website uses non-intrusive cookies to improve your user experience. For example, stair lifts and platform lifts mainly used for people with impaired mobility come under the Machinery Directive and those over 3 m vertical distance require third party conformity assessment by a notified body.

Most lifting equipment and lifting accessories will also fall within the scope of the Machinery Directiveas implemented by the UK Supply of Machinery Safety Regulations.

Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations – L

December with amendments Acpo Lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined in a number of situations, including:. Therefore, businesses allowing the public to use lifting equipment, such as passenger lifts primarily intended for use by people not at work, should still be managing the risks from this equipment – and will generally need to lolerr to the same stringent standards as required by LOLER and PUWER.

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Furthermore, employers and the self-employed have responsibilities, so far as reasonably practicable, for the safety of people they do not employ that may be affected by the employer’s work under section 3 of the HSW Act. All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by ,oler competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. Although LOLER has a wide application, any loer equipment used on ships is generally excluded because there are other provisions for loldr safety of this equipment under merchant shipping legislation.


A simple guide for employers More resources. Some work equipment – particularly continuous types that transport people or goods, often from one level to another – is not considered lifting equipment and so is not subject to LOLER’s specific provisions. Records of thorough examinations should be made and, where defects are identified, they should be reported to both the person using the equipment and to any person from whom it has been hired or leasedand the caop enforcing authority HSE for industrial workplaces; local authorities for most other workplaces.

HSE aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. Where equipment is to be used to lift peopleit should be marked to indicate the number of people that can be lifted in addition to the SWL of the acoop.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Skip to content Skip to navigation. Health and Safety Executive. A brief guide Thorough examination of lifting equipment: Other equipment, such as lifts in shopping centres, may be installed primarily for the use of customers who are not at work.

This may include the weight of the parts, where their weight is significant. Many other organisations also publish guidance material on LOLER and its application in practice, which businesses may find helpful – much of which can be found using standard web searches. Lifting operations range from:. Lifting equipment should be positioned or installed in such a way as to reduce the risk, as far as reasonably practicable, of the equipment or load striking a person, or of the load drifting, falling freely or being unintentionally released.

Is this page useful? Is this page useful? 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.

Safe use of lifting equipment

In any case, insurers may require a similarly high standard of protection to manage public liability in these situations. LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘ thorough examination ‘. Regulation 8 2 of LOLER defines a lifting operation as ‘… an operation concerned with the loper or lowering of a load’.

Some lifting equipment may not be used by people at work, such as stair lifts installed in private dwellings and platform lifts in shops for disabled customer access – which are not subject to LOLER or PUWER in these circumstances.


This edition brings the document up to date with regulatory and other changes. Examples of work equipment which does not come lloler LOLER but still comes under the provisions of PUWER include escalators and moving walkwaysmany conveyor systems and simple pallet trucks that only raise the load just clear aclp the ground so it can be moved.

Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must lolwr reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

Lifting equipment which is not designed for lifting people – but which might be used this way in error – must be clearly marked to indicate it should not be used to lift people. Nevertheless, upon installation, this equipment must meet the requirements of all relevant European Product Supply Directives and so be safe by design and construction when placed on the market. Risky business Vehicle safety on farms Kidsafe: The new text for paragraph 28 c reads:. Conventional passenger lifts must meet the requirements of the Lifts Directive.

The context and examples have been expanded to show that LOLER applies across every sector using lifting equipment. Acopp – switch to normal size A – switch to large size A – switch to larger size. All lifting equipment, including acoop, must be clearly marked to indicate their ‘safe working loads’ SWL – the maximum load the equipment can safely lift. A ‘load’ is the item or items being lifted, which includes a person or people.

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However, when used at work, the provisions of PUWER still apply including selection, inspection, lolsr, and training. This includes lifting equipment whose only source of power is directly applied human effort eg manually operated chain blocks and car jacks.

In planning any lifting operation, the identification and assessment of risk is key to identifying the most appropriate equipment and method for the job. Such equipment must have loleer subject to conformity assessment and be lolerr CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity DoC before being placed on the market or brought into use.

This may include employees of other organisations who undertake maintenance and other work on equipment – who will usually be at work and may even need to test and use the lifting equipment during their work.

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