What is LOLER?
LOLER stands for The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, which came into force on 5th December 1998.
The LOLER regulations require that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. It also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task and suitably marked, with suitable maintenance recorded and defects reported.
Your responsibility as a duty holder under LOLER
As a duty holder under LOLER, you have a duty of care and legal responsibility to ensure every passenger lift, goods lift and service lift has a thorough examination at least once or twice per annum dependent on the unit being examined.
This is in addition to the routine maintenance schedule, which obviously affects the safety and reliability of the lift.
The through examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lift and all its associated equipment, to be carried out by a competent person who is someone who has sufficient technical and practical knowledge of the lift to be able to detect any defects and assess how significant they are to determine if the lift is safe for continued use.
Any defects are to be reported to the duty holder and if appropriate, the enforcing authority ie. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Local Authority so that appropriate actions can be taken:
We have included below some information which we hope will be of assistance if you are a lift owner or the person responsible for the safe operation of a lift used at work, for example, a facilities manager or supervisor.
Role of the duty holder:
- Maintaining the lift so it is safe to use
- Selecting and instructing the competent person
- Ensuring the lift is examined at statutory intervals
- Keeping the competent person informed of any changes in the lift operation
- Making all relevant documentation available
- Acting promptly to remedy any defects
- Ensuring that all documentation complies with the regulations
- Accurate record keeping
It is important to realise that through examination are MANDATORY.
Eternal Elevator lift engineers can help
As competent persons we are able to carry out through examinations on your lifts.