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LOLER Regulations: What is LOLER? The complete guide to inspection and thorough examination of lifting equipment

16 October 2022

If lifting equipment is used in your workplace, then safe use of the equipment and proper training, management, maintenance, inspections and record-keeping are LOLER requirements. Get all of this right and your workplace will be safe and legal.

LOLER is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, 1998. LOLER is law in the UK and applies to just about every workplace. LOLER or similar local regulation is applied by most major companies in most industries throughout the world. We understand that keeping your workplace safe and compliant is daunting. That’s why we have created this easy-to-understand guide to the LOLER regulations

What is LOLER?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.  

LOLER requires that all equipment used for lifting is:

  • fit for purpose;
  • appropriate for the task;
  • suitably marked;
  • and, in most cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination‘.  
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Who has obligations under LOLER regulations?

All employers who provide lifting equipment for use by an employee at work are covered by the LOLER rules. The self-employed, a person who has control of lifting equipment, a person who manages or supervises the use of lifting equipment are all similarly covered by LOLER.

What lifting equipment is covered by LOLER?

Lifting equipment is work equipment for lifting or lowering loads and includes attachments for anchoring, fixing or supporting it. Equipment for lifting goods and people are included. Typical examples of lifting equipment include:

Lifting Accessories (Typically Examined Every 6 Months) Lifting Appliances (Typically Examined Every 12 Months) 
Chain slings Air chain hoists 
Chain sling components Beam clamps 
Crane forks Beam trolleys 
Eyebolts Combination hand chain hoists 
Eyenuts Davits 
Fork lift truck chains Electric chain hoists 
Fork lift truck forks Electric wire rope hoists 
Hooks Fork lift trucks 
Lifting beams Hand chain hoists 
Lifting points Hydraulic jacks 
Lifting rings Hydraulic rams 
Loadbinders Jib cranes 
Loadbinder chains Lever hoists 
Manhole lifting pins Lifts 
Magnet lifters Machinery moving skates 
Plate clamps MEWPs 
Ropes for wire pulling machine Mobile gantries 
Roundslings Overhead cranes 
Scissor grabs Overheard runway beams 
Shackles Pallet trucks 
Spreader beams Ratchet jacks 
Turnbuckles Rolling beam cranes 
Web slings Sockets 
Wire rope slings Wire rope pulling machines 

What is a ‘Thorough Examination’ Under LOLER?

This is a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specified intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report.

The inspection includes all matters which affect the safety of the lifting equipment, including likely deterioration with time. Methods used include:

  • visual examination and functional checks;
  • measurements of wear;
  • (in some cases) NDT (non-destructive testing) and load testing.

How often should LOLER thorough examinations be carried out?

  • Before using it for the first time – unless the equipment has an EC/UKCA 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. This type of thorough examination typically includes a proof load test.
  • After assembly and before use at each location for equipment that requires assembly or installation before use.
  • Periodic in-service examination is required every 6 or 12 months, depending on the equipment type. A good guide is:
    • ‘Above the hook’ items, such as cranes and hoists, require periodic examination every 12 months.
    • ‘Below the hook’ items, such as slings and shackles, require periodic examination every 6 months.
Type of Equipment6 Months12 Months
Lifting accessories (‘below the hook’ items)
Equipment used to lift people
Lifting appliances (‘above the hook’ items)

Who qualifies as a competent person under LOLER?

LOLER requires a ‘Competent Person’ to carry out thorough examinations.

The ‘Competent Person’ must:

  • Have the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge, experience, training, skill and ability to perform examinations;
  • Have the maturity to seek such specialist advice and assistance as may be required to enable them to make necessary judgements;
  • Be a sound judge of the extent to which he/she can accept the supporting opinions of other specialists.

Our examiners have a minimum of 5 years of experience and are qualified under the LEEA diploma scheme for the scope of work in which they are conducting their thorough examinations.

What records should be kept to comply with LOLER regulations?

LOLER requires two documents to be produced following a thorough examination –

  • The Report of Thorough Examination.
  • A Defect Report (whenever there is a defect).

Our examiners are equipped with electronic reporting devices which provide immediate reports to the customer’s contacts. All reports are available on our free-to-use Rossendale Group Certification portal.

After a thorough examination has been completed by a competent person, they will complete a written report. This report must contain the information required by LOLER Schedule 1, including:

  • The examination date; 
  • The date when the next thorough examination is due; 
  • Any defects found that are (or could potentially become) a danger to people. 

What happens to defective items?

Where serious defects are identified, our competent engineer carrying out the examination will immediately report this and label or quarantine the item as agreed. A Defect Report will be emailed to your representative and a hard copy is left on site. 

Why choose Rossendale Group as your LOLER inspection provider?

LEEA qualified inspection engineers

Our qualified, competent inspection engineers carry out the equipment examinations and tests. We have many years of in-depth experience and understanding of lifting operations and lifting equipment.

We know what is safe and what is not. Our advice to LOLER customers is always free of charge. 

Colour code and barcoded tagging

We offer a choice of tagging to best fit your needs, each identifying the date the next examination is due. 

Defective items are tagged and quarantined as agreed. We offer a full quotation for repairs and replacement service.

Certification compliant with LOLER Regulations

Our qualified, competent inspection engineers will complete the reports, which are immediately available online. By using our services, you will be LOLER compliant. 

Accredited and insured services

Our LOLER services are ISO9001:2015 and LEEA accredited and covered by professional indemnity, public and product liability insurances. 

Notifications when your LOLER inspections are due

We will proactively keep you updated when your inspections are due. 

Full Service and Maintenance

We also offer full service, repair and maintenance contracts.