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Evaluation of the simplified lifting operations and lifting equipment leaflet (LOLER)

The simplification of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) is part of HSE’s third Simplification Plan to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens from health and safety legislation. The LOLER mini-guidance leaflet on thorough examination of lifting equipment (INDG422) was produced as a consequence of the Better Regulation initiative and the HSE Simplification Plan. This leaflet, entitled ‘Guide to Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment’ covers all examinations of lifting equipment including inspection of the lifting mechanisms of forklift trucks. It was intended for anyone with lifting equipment to help them to understand what ‘thorough examination’ means in practice.

INDG422 (issued June 2008) provides advice on the options dutyholders have under LOLER relating to the requirement for thorough examination and inspection of lifting equipment and explains the benefits of having an examination scheme. This simplified leaflet aims to reduce administrative costs for the requirement to examine, and record the examinations of, lifting equipment as part of HSE’s 2008 simplification plan.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-07-05