WHAT IS LOLER

LOLER (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) test certificate.
What does LOLER require? 
LOLER addresses the specific risks associated with the use of lifting equipment. Thorough examination and inspection are key requirements of the Regulations. To meet these requirements, duty holders must:
  • ensure lifting equipment (including lifting accessories) exposed to conditions causing deterioration which could lead to dangerous situations undergoes regular thorough examination by a competent person; and
  • ensure all supplementary inspections and tests recommended by the competent person are carried out within the timescale stated.
Examples of conditions causing deterioration are wet, abrasive or corrosive environments

What is thorough examination?

A thorough examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lifting equipment by a competent person to detect any defects that are, or might become, dangerous.
The competent person will determine the scope of the thorough examination and they may use a number of sources to help them do this, such as industry guidance. HSE’s Contract Research Report Thorough examination and inspection of particular items of lifting equipment (CRR429) may also be a useful reference tool (see ‘Find out more’).

Who is a ‘competent person’?

A competent person:

  1. should have enough appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment so that they can detect defects or weaknesses, and assess how important they are in relation to the safety and continued use of the equipment;
  2.  should not be the same person who performs routine maintenance as they would be responsible for assessing their own work;
  3.  should be sufficiently independent and impartial to make objective decisions;
       may be employed by a separate company, or selected by an employer from members of their own staff.

How often must lifting equipment and accessories be thoroughly examined?

You must have lifting equipment thoroughly examined:

    •  before using it for the first time – unless the equipment has an EC Declaration of Conformity less than one year old and was not assembled on site. If it was assembled on site, it must be examined by a competent person to establish the assembly was correct and safe, e.g. a platform lift installed in a building;
    •  after assembly and before use at each location for equipment that requires assembly or installation before use, eg tower cranes;
    •  regularly in service if the equipment is exposed to conditions causing deterioration that is likely to result in dangerous situations. If this applies to your equipment you have a choice:
    • You can arrange for the thorough examination to be carried out at regular intervals - either at least every 6 months or 12 months depending on whether the lifting equipment is for lifting people or not   OR
    • You can arrange for the thorough examination to be carried out in accordance with an examination scheme drawn up by a competent person.