What Does LOLER Mean?

LOLER is an abbreviation of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. It is often referred to as LOLER regs or LOLER 98 regulations. The LOLER regulations came into force on 5 December 1998.

If you’ve been wondering what exactly LOLER is and how these regulations may affect your business, read on for more information.

What Are the LOLER Regulations?

LOLER replaced existing legal requirements relating to the use of lifting equipment, for example, the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test and Examination etc.) Regulations 1992 and the Docks Regulations 1988. Many aspects of LOLER should therefore be familiar to you.

The LOLER Regulations aim to reduce risks to people’s health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. In addition to the requirements of LOLER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

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What is a LOLER Inspection?

Generally, LOLER (lifting equipment) regulations require that lifting equipment provided for use at work is regularly inspected to ensure that it is:

  • white tick icon Positioned and installed to minimise any risks
  • white tick icon Strong and stable enough for the particular use and marked to indicate safe working loads
  • white tick icon Used safely, i.e. the work is planned, organised, and performed by competent people

It is subject to ongoing thorough examination and, where appropriate, inspection by competent people, such as ISI.

Visit our LOLER regulations pdf for further information or to download a copy, or call our helpful LOLER specialist team on 01675 481779.

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