How Often Does Lifting and Hoisting Equipment Need to be Tested?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports workplace fatalities, and every year people die in the UK due to faulty mechanical equipment, or equipment falling into disrepair.
It’s vital that all lifting and hoisting equipment is tested as a part of any equipment audit, and regularly as a matter of course. LOLER and PUWER testing are the main HSE legislation that apply to lifting and hoisting equipment.
LOLER stands for the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. LOLER is specifically designed to ensure that all equipment used in lifting operations has been properly maintained by a competent person, ensuring it’s safe enough to use on site. It incorporates the initial risk assessment of any lifting equipment and the regular maintenance.
Who do I need to test my equipment? You may have your own internal team of engineers or technicians who are competent to carry out the testing. If you don’t have someone internally, then it may be worth considering hiring an external specialist engineer.
The responsibility falls on the workplace to ensure that the equipment is in good working order. Tests should be carried out at regular intervals. Many companies go for every six months, although some opt for more regular tests. Annual tests are a bare minimum. Six-monthly tests are a minimum if you are lifting people.
PUWER stands for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. PUWER is a legal requirement that ensures all equipment used in work has been properly maintained, including lifting equipment.
PUWER regulations include ensuring that the equipment in a workplace is “suitable for the intended use” and “maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate”.
While lifting equipment has extra tests (LOLER) it is still subject to the PUWER regulations.
PUWER’s wording states that any deterioration needs to be “detected and remedied within good time”. This may be vague, but in general, regular tests are needed to ensure that your workplace is safe and compliant. We recommend every six months, and PUWER tests can be tied in with LOLER tests as part of an equipment audit.
Ensure Compliance with Robinsons Facilities Services
Robinsons Facilities Services can carry out both LOLER and PUWER inspections and testing to ensure that your workplace is safe and compliant with HSE guidelines.
We can also work with you to design a schedule of inspection and testing, making sure tests are routine and corrective steps can be taken when required.
If you need any repairs to your hoisting equipment, we can also supply the parts and perform the necessary repairs to bring your system up to speed. Working across Yorkshire, we cover North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call out.Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.