The legal requirements surrounding the provision and use of passenger lifts and goods lifts for best practice. This post gives an overview on the regulations you need to adhere to within a commercial property.

As a lift owner (dutyholder), if you have a lift that is used by an employee in a commercial setting, e.g. restaurant, library, office or warehouse you have a duty of care. The legal requirements surrounding the provision and use of lifts are there to provide the guidelines to ensure best practice.

Do the regulations apply to you?
If you are an employer or self-employed person providing lift equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, in a commercial business then these regulations apply to you.

What are these regulations?
As a lift owner (dutyholder) there are three main lift regulations to consider:

  1. Manual Handling Regulations
    You have a duty to protect your staff from potential injury caused by inappropriate manual handling. As a business owner you would likely be held responsible by the health and safety executive, if you have placed unfair or dangerous demands on your staff by not supplying an efficient way of moving goods in the event of an accident or injury.
  2. PUWER Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

PUWER requires any risk to people’s health and safety, from equipment that they use at work, to be prevented or controlled. PUWER regulations require that equipment provided for use at work is:

Suitable for the intended use
Used only by trained people, familiar with the equipment
Accompanied by suitable safety measures such as signage, protective devices/clothing, markings and warnings
Any equipment used at work from knives and hammers to lifts and motor vehicles, will be covered by PUWER
Safe for use (as per LOLER requirements)
Compliance to PUWER is through regular lift maintenance and lift servicing.

  1. LOLER Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

LOLER places duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organizations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. The Regulations require that lifting equipment provided for use at work is:

Stable enough for the specific use and marked clearly to indicate safe working loads
Positioned and installed to minimize any risks
Used safely e.g. the work is planned, organized and performed by trained employees
Subject to ongoing thorough examination and where appropriate, inspection by competent people.
Compliance to LOLER is through examinations these are in addition to regular servicing, similar to how a vehicle has an M.O.T. but for lifts. These are documented in-service reports to show compliance.