LOLER Regulations

LOLER: Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipments Regulations 1998


Health & Safety ExecutiveWhereby the safety of lifting equipment depends on installation conditions, it is thoroughly examined to ensure that it is installed and working safely before it is put into service for the first time or at a new site or location.
Following any incident or change in working environment which effects its safety, lifting equipment should be thoroughly examined.


LOLER offers employers options regarding periodic examinations of lifting equipment:

  • Examined at prescribed Intervals of At Least every six months for equipment for lifting persons and lifting accessories (Tackle) At least every 12 months for other lifting equipment.
  • Periodic examinations of lifting equipment at intervals identified in an examination scheme (ie, if a risk assessment of the usage identifies the need for a more frequent inspection/examination)
    An examination scheme sets out :
    The relevant legislation for compliance
    The frequency of examination for a particular item(s) of lifting equipment
    The process and scope of examination of lifting equipment

The employer is responsible for ensuring that lifting equipment is inspected by a competent person at suitable intervals between thorough examinations, This will ensure that Health and Safety conditions are maintained and that any deterioration can be detected and rectified in good time.

The Guidance document accompanying the regulations emphasizes the need for independence and impartiality of competent persons.

R & G Marine & Industrial Services Limited offer a comprehensive service to assist their clients to comply with LOLER – For further help or advice call our sales team.


PUWER: The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Work equipment should be inspected at intervals when it is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in a dangerous situation. Where the safety of work equipment depends on installation conditions, it is inspected to ensure that it is installed correctly and Is safe to operate after it is first installed or after it has been assembled at a new situation or location.

Mobile Work equipment should be:

Designed and adapted to ensure passengers are carried without harm and equipped to to minimize the risks to safety of persons riding on the equipment if it rolls over.

The core requirements of the power press regulations are contained within a separate section of PUWER 1998.

The Relatively new laws of PUWER 1998 have a wide definition of work equipment. It includes some equipment that previous legislation did not cover.

R & G Marine & Industrial Services Limited can provide the relevant thorough inspection and examination services for any equipment that is affected.

For Further information on LOLER and PUWER WC suggest you visit the H & SE website or call their helpline.

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