The Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are a set of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which came into force in Great Britain on 5 December 1998.

What moving and handling equipment used in health and social care is covered by LOLER?
To decide whether LOLER applies you need to answer two questions:

1. Is it ‘work equipment’?

Generally, any equipment used by an employee at work will be covered by this definition.

2. If so, is it ‘lifting equipment’?
The definition of a ‘lifting operation’ in LOLER is ‘an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load’. It applies to equipment which lifts or lowers loads as a principal function. Much equipment in health and social care premises has an element of lifting as part of its normal operation, for example a variable-height bed or dentist’s chair. However, the principal function of these items is as a bed or chair, and not as a device for lifting or lowering of loads. Height adjustability alone does not mean that LOLER applies to the equipment.

What does this mean for Health and Care Businesses?

Briefly, it means that any equipment which lifts or lowers loads as a primary function, which is used by your employees or staff on your premises, is subject to LOLER regulations.  These regulations state that the equipment and it’s accessories must be thoroughly inspected by a competent person at intervals of 6 months or less.

Common examples of equipment which are subject to LOLER include:

Mobile Hoists, Standaids, Overhead/Tracking Hoists, Bath Hoists & Bath Lifts, Pool Hoists and Slings

More information can be found in the HSE information sheet Here.

How can Garner Medical help?

LOLER is a framework outlining the scope, frequency and practical administration of Health and Safety requirements concerning lifting equipment in the work environment.  However, much of the detail concerning the methods of inspection and the routine maintenance requirements for individual items are deferred to equipment manufacturers.

Garner Medical engineers are highly trained and have many years experience repairing and servicing equipment from all major manufacturers.

We manage the servicing schedules of our clients to ensure that their businesses comply with LOLER.

We hold stock of common parts in our warehouse and on our vans to facilitate a quick response time to breakdowns and minimise down-time for vital equipment.

We use only genuine and approved parts in repairs and follow the manufacturer guidelines on tolerances and replacement intervals.