Ensuring safety in the workplace, particularly where lifting operations are concerned, is not just about using the right equipment and implementing correct procedures. It also involves maintaining precise records and obtaining necessary certifications in line with regulatory guidelines. At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we appreciate the importance of complying with these requirements as set out by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). In this blog post, we delve into the specific LOLER requirements that impact the documentation and certification of stillages, aiming to provide employers with a clear roadmap to maintain compliance.
Thorough Examination Records
Under LOLER, employers are mandated to maintain comprehensive records of thorough examinations conducted on stillages. These records need to encompass all relevant details, including the date of the examination, the identity and qualifications of the competent person conducting the examination, as well as any notable findings or observations made during the process.
Certification of Thorough Examinations
In many cases, LOLER regulations necessitate the certification of stillages following successful completion of thorough examinations. These certificates or documents, provided by the competent person or organisation undertaking the examination, validate the compliance of stillages with LOLER requirements, thus certifying their safety and integrity.
Another aspect of LOLER regulations is the need to maintain a set of compliance documentation for stillages. This entails keeping detailed records of inspections, maintenance activities, and any repairs or replacements carried out on the stillages. These records serve as tangible evidence of an employer’s adherence to LOLER regulations during inspections or audits.
LOLER may also require employers to retain the original manufacturer’s documentation for stillages. These documents encompass specifications, load capacity ratings, and any specific instructions for safe use. This crucial information supports understanding the intended purpose and ensuring the safe handling of stillages.
Accessibility and Organisation
Last but certainly not least, the documentation and certification related to stillages must be readily accessible and well-organised. Employing efficient filing, labelling, and record-keeping systems can facilitate quick and easy retrieval and review of documents when needed.
By closely adhering to these guidelines, employers can successfully comply with LOLER requirements pertaining to the documentation and certification of stillages. Thorough examination records, relevant certifications, compliance documentation, manufacturer’s documentation, and an organised filing system all contribute to validating compliance with LOLER regulations, thereby ensuring the safety and integrity of stillages during lifting operations.
At Lowe Stillages and Cages, we firmly believe in fostering a culture of safety and compliance. Through our commitment to comprehensive understanding and adherence to LOLER requirements, we strive to create an environment where safety is a paramount priority, and every lifting operation adheres to the highest standards of safety and compliance.