FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A LOLER AND DO I NEED ONE FOR MY POWERED ACCESS PLATFORM?

The Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. It is a requirement of LOLER 1998 that all lifting equipment is fit for purpose and undergoes a periodic ‘Thorough Examination’ to LOLER standards every 6 months.


HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A LOLER FOR MY CHERRY PICKER?

A powered access platform or Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) also known as a cherry picker should be throughly examined every 6 months. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 state that “every employer shall ensure that lifting equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is” “thoroughly examined”, and “in the case of lifting equipment for lifting persons or an accessory for lifting, at least every 6 months”.


WHAT IS A COMPETENT ASSESSED PERSON?

A Competent Assessed Person is the holder of a CAP Card and is proof of passing an independent CAP assessment. It authenticates the engineer's ability to plan, manage or carry out thorough examinations of powered access equipment. CAP Cards are valid for five years.


IS A DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY (CE) ACCEPTABLE INSTEAD OF A LOLER EXAMINATION FOR A NEW MACHINE?

New equipment in the European Union (EU) must be delivered with a Declaration of Conformity. This provides an owner/user with evidence that the specific machine complies with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR) of the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). A Declaration of Conformity is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. In the case of lifting equipment for lifting persons, and this includes MEWPs, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) require a MEWP to have a thorough examination at least every six months. The Declaration of Conformity can be considered to be equivalent to a Certificate of Thorough Examination valid for the first six months following its date of issue.