Lifting equipment at work

A brief guide

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This leaflet describes the legal requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment at Work Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

It is for employers and self-employed people who provide lifting equipment for use at work or control the use of lifting equipment.

This brief guide explains what equipment is covered by LOLER. It also summarises what you need to do to make sure you meet the requirements of the Regulations, eg regarding planning, supervision, examination and inspection of lifting equipment.

This revision provides more guidance on how to comply with the Regulations, examples of what actions you can take, areas that you may need to consider before, during and after the lift, and maintenance and examination of the equipment. It includes simple dos and don'ts to help you meet your duties.

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Updated: 2023-09-12