Lifting equipment for care and residential homes

Equipment used in hospitals, care & residential homes are subject to PUWER (Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) and in the case of lifting equipment LOLER (Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) also applies.

LOLER states that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner but also more importantly that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic 'Thorough Examination'. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance).

LOLER applies to lifting equipment, that is equipment whose primary function is lifting, a hoist, wheel chair lift, stair lift, tail lift are all examples of lifting equipment that fall under the LOLER regulations.

Lifting equipment that lifts persons or can be adapted to lift persons by use of an accessory for lifting persons has to be Thoroughly Examined at 6 monthly intervals, other lifting equipment has to be Thoroughly Examined at 12 monthly intervals. These intervals may be decreased depending on the use and/or conditions by the competent person conducting the Examination but cannot be extended.

An adjustable bed, recliner chair or steps whose primary purpose is not for lifting, do not fall under LOLER but DO come under PUWER regulations and may require inspection at prescribed intervals unless there is written evidence of a regular service and maintenance regime detailing the equipment being maintained at least annually.

Lifting equipment must be Thoroughly Examined in a number of situations, including:

  • Before first use (unless there is a valid Declaration of Conformity made less than 12 months earlier or 6 months earlier for equipment that lifts persons)
  • Where it depends on installation, or re-installation / assembly at another site
  • Where it is exposed to conditions causing deterioration, liable to result in danger

For further information please call Head Office on Tel 01530 223185 or email