Loler & PUWER UK
The lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998
The Regulations build on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) - see LAC 90/3.
Guidance on the key issues on inspection and enforcement arising from the implementation of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
(SI 1998 No 2307) (LOLER).
Your legal responsibility
As an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of your staff and other people - such as customers and members of the public - who may be affected by their work.
With regards to lifting equipment you should:
- ensure plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed;
- give workers the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for their health and safety;
There are key pieces of legislation covering work equipment and some of the guidance that is available.
Legislation governs both the design, construction and supply of work equipment (SUPPLY), and how work equipment is selected, provided, used, and maintained (USE & MAINTENANCE) to ensure that risks to workers health and safety are properly controlled.
Generally, work equipment is any equipment which is used by an employee at work. Therefore the range of equipment is extremely wide and could cover everything from a spanner to a tower crane.
Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and Guidance.
HSE InfoLine can help with any queries you may have.
L113 HSE Books 1998 ISBN 0 7176 1628 2
PUWER 98: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998: Open Learning Guidance HSE Books 1999
ISBN 978 0 7176 6285 2
LOLER 98: Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998: Open Learning Guidance HSE Books 1999
ISBN 0 7176 2464 1
All the above publications are available from HSE Books or may be downloaded free from the above sites.