Lifts have become an integral part of city life with many offices, warehouses and hotels containing one. There are some things you need to know if you’re an employer in the UK with passenger or goods lifts in your building, to ensure that you’re abiding by strict regulations.
As a dedicated passenger lifts manufacturer, we have put together two regulations in the UK that should be followed to ensure the safety of people in the workplace.
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) mean that any risks to employees’ safety relating to work equipment must be prevented or controlled. The equipment must be suitable for the intended use, is safe and is only used by those trained or familiar with the equipment. It should also be regularly maintained or serviced which is why we offer a comprehensive maintenance service on all of our lifts.
For more information on PUWER, click here.
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) builds on what is outlined in PUWER. It places requirements on people and companies who own or operate a lift including the correct positioning of the lift to ensure risk is minimised. The lift must also be stable enough for its intended use and the lift must be subject to ongoing examinations. The main difference between PUWER and LOLER is the latter more explicitly relates to passenger lifts, goods lifts or stairlifts.
For more information on LOLER, click here.
It’s important to note that in most cases lifting equipment which is not provided for, or used by, people at work (e.g. stair lifts in private dwellings and platform lifts in shops used for customer access) will not be subject to either LOLER or PUWER but businesses providing this equipment will have responsibilities for its safety.
Cibes Lift UK is an expert in the safe installation and maintenance of its lift products. For more information about the emphasis we place on safety, click here.