The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) it is a requirement that all fork lift trucks have a thorough examination at least annually, carried out by a competent person. Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, it is a requirement that Fork Lift Truck operators are fully trained in safe operating practices. The penalty for not training your operators can be onerous, including unlimited fines and custodial sentences for company directors.
The national Thorough Examination scheme has been developed by Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) – a joint venture between The British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) and The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA). These are the two major industry trade organisations in materials handling. They represent manufacturers, dealers and suppliers of related products, as well as the actual users of equipment covered by the Thorough Examination regulations. They are the acknowledged experts on Thorough Examination of fork lift trucks.
The scheme has been developed in close association with the Health and Safety Executive and in consultation with the whole industry. Its keystones are a definitive examination process agreed by the industry, a quality assurance procedural code, and an effective accreditation process. Quite simply, the scheme’s aim is to ensure uniformly high standards in implementation of Thorough Examination and to improve safety across the whole of British industry.
The national Thorough Examination procedure meets the requirements of both LOLER 98 and PUWER 98 legislation. In many ways it is like an automotive MOT, but is much more rigorous. It is a legal requirement that applies to every forklift – including any that are just one year old. Crucially, as an owner or user, you are responsible.
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