HSE Guidance - No Grace Period for LOLER Testing

    Engineering 01/04/2020
    LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) has provided us with an update regarding the importance of LOLER examinations during the current COVID-19 crisis.  They have advised that there is no grace period and thorough examinations should be conducted on or before the expiry date of the last report of examination as required by LOLER.  If this cannot be done then the equipment should be quarantined to prevent use.

    The HSE statement which is specific to the lift industry but does also apply to ALL lifting equipment has released an update which you can read in full below.  A summary of their statement is as follows:

    “Following the Government’s recent announcement that we are now in the ‘delay’ phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, the HSE is advising owners of lifting equipment and in particular engineering companies who carry out the thorough
    examinations and testing of lifting equipment to note the following:

    • Lifting equipment for the lifting of persons is carried out every six months with a dated report issued to the lift owner. The next six-month examination should take place on or before this date, but not after.
    • If no thorough examination has taken place prior to the date on the report, the lifting equipment should not be used until it has been examined by a competent person.
    • However, if engineering companies, are suffering shortages in their own resources, they should consider focusing their thorough examination of lifts on premises where the most vulnerable are located such as hospitals and care homes where people may not be as able to use stairs, as opposed to shops and offices where staff maybe more able to do so.

    “Most premises have more than one lift so some redundancy is already built in should a lift have to be taken out of use having gone beyond its examination date until an engineer is available to visit.

    “There is a higher risk of lifting equipment failure should it not be examined as per the six month schedule and dutyholders are expected to take all reasonably practicable steps to make sure their equipment complies with the law.  HSE will keep the situation under review and does not have any plans to issue any exemptions to LOLER requirements.”

    To find out when your equipment is due for renewal or to discuss testing of your equipment please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.  As a supplier to key services during this unprecedented time we have maintained a team of engineers who can visit your premises, adhering to all required COVID-19 practices and procedures and keep your equipment in line with LOLER regulations. 

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