Health & Safety
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 , also referred to as
HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of enabling legislation covering
occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. All work
related activities are generally covered by this Act but specific
areas it has been enhanced by the introduction of further
regulations. The principal resulting regulations bearing on
platform lifts are LOLER and a lesser extent PUWER.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW
Places over arching responsibilities on employees to take
reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by
their actions and to co-operate with others in all circumstances.
This extends to premises such as shopping centres, hospitals,
offices and shops. It also includes the provision of facilities for
use by the public.
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment
LOLER replaced existing legal requirements relating to the use
of lifting equipment and aims to reduce risks to people's health
and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. To some
extent it overlaps PUWER (see below) but does not contradict it
Strong and stable enough for designated use Marked to indicate
safe working loads. Positioned and installed in a manner reflecting
recognized risks. Used safely, ie the work is planned, organized
and performed by competent persons subject to ongoing thorough
examination (every six months) and, where appropriate, inspection
by competent persons together with, a report is submitted by the
competent person to the employer to take the appropriate action.
Lifting operations must be planned, supervised and carried out in a
safe manner by competent persons. The provision of adequate
Cranes, fork-lift trucks, lifts, platform lifts, hoists, mobile
elevating work platforms, and vehicle inspection platform hoists.
Ancillary equipment ie, includes any equipment used at work for
lifting or lowering loads, including attachments used for
anchoring, fixing or supporting it. Lifting accessories such as
chains, slings, eyebolts etc.
Items which are covered by more specific legislation, Escalators
and conventional lifts. ie the Workplace (Health, Safety and
Welfare) Regulations 1992. For use by:- Employees including,
teachers, welfare staff, shop assistants and nurses.
Employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for
use at work, or control the use of lifting equipment. The duty
holder will normally be the building occupant
PUWER (Provision and Use of Work equipment Regulations
PUWER deals with work equipment in a similar manner to LOLER's
treatment of its topic. It has less relevance to platform lifts as
they will be the subject of LOLER. However if a lifting platform
falls within its scope the full rigors of this regulation must be