LOLER Regulation 2 “Interpretation” explains what is defined as lifting equipment. LOLER is available as a free download on the HSE website.
LOLER Regulation 9 requires lifting equipment to be examined at one of the following points.
There has been confusion as to whether low-lift equipment such as a hand pallet trucks are subject to LOLER examinations as they only raise the load to sufficiently clear the floor to enable horizontal movement. This is not seen as a lifting operation, and is therefore, subject to LOLER.
Pallet Trucks if used in the workplace may still be covered under PUWER.
LOLER does apply to high-lift pallet trucks (both manual and powered) that have the ability to raise the forks above 300mm.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) require employers to maintain fall arrest equipment in good repair, including appropriate replacement. In addition, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations should be inspected at suitable intervals and each time exceptional circumstances which might jeopardise safety have occurred.
BS EN 365:2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging gives general requirements for periodic inspection, instructions for use and marking of PPE against falls from a height. To counter the causes of degradation listed in the Introduction, the British Standard states that components should be examined ‘at least twelve-monthly’. This is sometimes taken to be ‘annually’, although manufacturers of textile products usually recommend inspection more frequently than this.