What is LOLER? Introducing our new LOLER testing service

Are you familiar with the term “LOLER”? Do you know why it’s crucial for workplace safety? 

In this blog post, we will explore what is LOLER, why it’s important, LOLER inspection requirements and how often LOLER testing should be conducted. 

We are also pleased to introduce our new LOLER testing service, alongside SQR Group, to help businesses stay compliant and keep their workplaces safe.

What is LOLER?

When it comes to ensuring workplace safety, there are numerous regulations and standards in place to protect both employees and businesses. 

LOLER, or the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, is a set of regulations designed to promote the safe use of lifting equipment in the workplace. 

It is a statutory requirement in the United Kingdom, but similar regulations can be found in other countries as well. 

LOLER aims to prevent accidents related to lifting operations by ensuring that lifting equipment is used correctly, maintained properly and subject to regular examination.

Introducing our new LOLER testing service

At NDT Group, we understand the importance of LOLER compliance and the safety of your employees. 

That’s why we are excited to introduce our new LOLER testing service

Working alongside SQR Group, our joint team of experienced and certified professionals can help you meet LOLER inspection requirements with precision and efficiency. 

SQR Group offers tailored services to simplify compliance, designed to work with your specific needs and requirements, including LOLER

Together we offer comprehensive, thorough examinations, detailed reporting and expert advice to ensure your lifting equipment is safe and compliant.

By choosing our LOLER testing service, you can benefit from:

1. Instant reporting 

You will be provided with a dedicated company account for our online portal, granting round-the-clock accessibility to your data. 

Get instant access to your comprehensive examination reports via this secure platform, guaranteeing minimal downtime. 

2. High-quality testing  

Our LOLER technicians possess LEEA training and competence, assuring that examinations are conducted efficiently and adhering strictly to LOLER Regulations, all within the scheduled time frame.

3. Reduced downtime 

Our responsive tests mean an efficient service that minimises disruption to your operations.

4. Legal compliance 

Ensure you stay compliant and avoid costly penalties and legal issues by adhering to LOLER regulations.

5. Employee safety 

Knowing that your lifting equipment is in safe and compliant working condition means you can prioritise the well-being of your team and create a safer work environment.

Thorough examination of lifting equipment

One of the key elements of LOLER is the requirement for the “thorough examination” of lifting equipment. 

A thorough examination is more than just a routine check; it is a systematic and detailed inspection of the equipment. 

This examination should be performed by a competent person who has the necessary knowledge and experience to identify any defects or issues that might compromise the safety of the equipment.

Our LOLER technicians are LEEA trained and competent and have experience of carrying out LOLER examinations, ensuring the best service for you. 

During a thorough examination, various aspects of the lifting equipment are inspected, including:

The integrity and condition of the equipment.
The safety-critical parts, such as ropes, chains and hooks.
The control systems and safety devices.
The load-bearing elements.
The equipment’s markings and documentation.

The goal of this examination is to identify any potential risks or hazards and ensure that the lifting equipment is safe to use.

LOLER inspection requirements

LOLER lays out several requirements that businesses must follow to comply with the regulations. 

Some of the key requirements include:

1. Proper planning 

Employers must plan and organise lifting operations to minimise risks. 

This involves selecting the right equipment, conducting risk assessments and providing proper training for operators.

2. Regular examination 

Lifting equipment must undergo a thorough examination at regular intervals. 

The frequency of these examinations is determined by the equipment type, its usage and environmental conditions.

3. Records 

Comprehensive records of all examinations, including details of any defects found and the actions taken, must be maintained and made available for inspection.

4. Competence 

Persons carrying out thorough examinations must be competent and have the necessary knowledge and experience to perform the task.

5. Safe working load 

Equipment must be clearly marked with its safe working load (SWL), ensuring that it is not overloaded.

LOLER testing: how often?

LOLER standards demand the following frequency for your examinations:

Lifting Equipment (excluding personnel lifting): Every 12 months
Personnel Lifting Equipment (e.g., patient hoists): Every 6 months
Lifting Accessories (e.g., slings, shackles): Every 6 months

We are able to help you schedule your LOLER tests in line with the regulations to ensure that you monitor your equipment properly.

LOLER: our new LOLER examination service  

LOLER is a critical regulation designed to ensure the safe use of lifting equipment in the workplace. 

Our new LOLER testing service at NDT Group, alongside SQR Group, is here to support your compliance needs and help you maintain a secure and efficient working environment. 

Don’t compromise on safety; choose NDT Group for reliable LOLER testing services.

Responsive testing that delivers assurance that your equipment is safe.

Contact us for a quality testing service with a fast report turnaround. We can respond to any challenge.

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