Health and Safety News

Occupational health and safety news and guidance

Lounge Pass

5 tips to stay safe when driving for work

What is LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) is a set of UK regulations that aim to ensure the safe use and maintenance of lifting equipment. LOLER applies to all workplaces where lifting equipment is used, including construction sites, factories, and warehouses. The regulations place legal obligations on employers, employees, and those who manage or control lifting equipment.

LOLER sets out the minimum health and safety requirements for the use of lifting equipment, including cranes, hoists, forklift trucks, and other equipment used for lifting loads. The regulations require all lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined by a competent person at regular intervals to ensure it is safe to use.

The regulations also place duties on those responsible for the equipment, including employers and equipment owners, to ensure that it is suitable for the intended use, properly maintained, and operated by competent and trained personnel.

Who is Responsible for Compliance?

Employers are responsible for ensuring that all lifting equipment used in their workplace is safe and suitable for the task. They must also provide adequate information, instruction, and training to their employees who use the equipment.

Equipment owners must ensure that the equipment they own is maintained and safe for use. This includes making sure that equipment is inspected by a competent person at regular intervals, and that any defects are identified and addressed promptly.

Employees who use lifting equipment must be properly trained and competent to do so. They must also follow safe working practices and report any defects or problems with the equipment to their employer.

What are the Requirements of LOLER?

LOLER requires all lifting equipment to be ex…

Read more

Safety considerations when hiring a cherry picker

Lone worker safety in the security industry

View older posts »