Lift Maintenance Regulations – What You Need to Know
Having a new lift installed in the workplace, whether for goods or for passengers, is always a boost for the business. But it brings with it some new responsibilities for the lift owner. Ploughing your way through the legislation can be confusing – so we’re looking through the 3 key lift maintenance regulations in this blog.
If you’re a lift owner, or you provide lift equipment for the use of your employees, you have a duty of care for their well-being. It’s rather like providing a car that would be used by people who work in your business. You have a responsibility to ensure that it’s maintained regularly, kept in good working order, and complies with current UK Work Equipment regulations.
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
This states that lift owners are responsible for the safety and maintenance of the equipment in the workplace. By law, work machinery needs to be checked regularly by a professional lift engineer.
The reports that are provided in response Health & Safety checks serve two important functions:
- Safety and Repairs Alert. Should there be any concerns around the safety of your lift, you’ll receive a detailed alert, with recommendations as to the actions that should be taken.
- Evidence of Maintenance Activity. It’s not enough to provide assurances of a lift’s maintenance history. There’s a requirement to produce detailed evidence.
PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998)
This is a regulation that seeks to control and/prevent risks to health and safety when using equipment provided for use in a work environment.
The criteria for such equipment are that:
- It should be suitable for the use intended
- Equipment should be safe to use
- All work equipment should be used only by people who are familiar with it and have received appropriate training
- Care is taken to provide measures to maintain the safety of users
The PUWER regulation isn’t tailor-made for lift safety; it covers any kind of machinery used in the workplace. So PUWER regulations need to be adapted to the specific context. Regular lift maintenance and servicing is the accepted means by which PUWER compliance is achieved.
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998)
The LOLER regulation applies to workplaces where lifting equipment is operated.
The specific regulations that apply to lifting equipment are that it should be:
- Installed and positioned in such a way to minimise risks to safety
- Appropriate to the tasks carried out, with safe working loads limits clearly signalled
- Utilised with the utmost regard for the safety of employees
- Maintained and serviced by appropriately competent people
Compliance to LOLER is achieved by in service reports that are additional to regular maintenance and servicing. It’s equivalent to the MOT test for your lift, and it needs to be carried out by a lift engineer.
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Tower Lifts Helps Businesses Comply With Lift Maintenance Regulations
Once the regulations are broken down, the process of compliance becomes simpler to navigate. In the end it’s all about ensuring that your lift is safe for passengers to use. And that you as a lift owner, take every precaution to prioritise its continued safety.
Tower Lifts engineers work with businesses to create a maintenance and servicing schedule that will guarantee compliance. We have the requisite skills, and extensive experience in using the appropriate reporting mechanisms. Most important, we will ensure that ongoing passenger safety prioritised in your business.
Are you up to speed with current lift maintenance regulations? Tower Lifts engineers have the expertise and experience to help. Call us today on 01525 601099
Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:
Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lifts