LOLER Training Course

Duration 2-3 hours

Last audited 12th September 2023

CPD Approved RoSPA Approved
LOLER Training
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£31 +VAT

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Includes a 10% discount for 10+ courses

Operations that involve lifting equipment can pose significant risks to people’s health and safety if not properly managed. Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), both employers and employees have duties they must fulfil in order to ensure the hazards associated with lifting operations and equipment are kept to a minimum.

If you are someone who works with lifting equipment, this course will provide you with a strong awareness of what LOLER requires. It will help you understand the necessary actions that must be taken to meet regulation standards and prevent harm from befalling anyone who works with or near lifting operations and equipment. It includes information on how to assess risks, how to select suitable lifting equipment, how to maintain the equipment, and the importance of thoroughly planning operations.

100% online training

Access anywhere

Same day digital certificate

Printed certificate posted next working day

Full audio voiceover

Unlimited assessment attempts

Written in compliance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Developed by health and safety professionals

Accredited by CPD and assured by RoSPA Qualifications

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, learners will understand: 

  • The main duties required under LOLER and other relevant legislation. 
  • The main risks posed by lifting operations and lifting equipment, and how these risks can be controlled. 
  • The steps required and the factors to consider when carrying out a risk assessment of lifting operations and lifting equipment. 
  • How to select, position, and install lifting equipment so risks are minimised. 
  • How lifting operations should be planned and supervised so risks are minimised. 
  • How to consider factors that may affect equipment's suitability, such as the environment and positioning. 
  • How to minimise risk factors such as proximity hazards, poor weather and visibility, and working with suspended loads. 
  • The purpose of safe working loads and the importance of adhering to them. 
  • The requirements surrounding thorough examinations, routine maintenance, and pre-use checks.

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Module 1: Introduction to LOLER

What is LOLER?, who has duties under LOLER?, general duties of employees, other relevant legislation, what is lifting equipment?, what are lifting accessories?, what is a load?, equipment excluded from LOLER, and what are the risks?

Module 2: Risk Assessment

What is a risk assessment?, key definitions, step 1: identify the hazards, step 2: determine who may be harmed and how, step 3: evaluate risks and decide on controls, step 4: record your findings and implement them, and step 5: review and update.

Module 3: Selecting Suitable Lifting Equipment and Accessories

Selecting lifting equipment and accessories, examples of safe lifting equipment selection, environmental effects, lifting equipment for lifting people, strength and stability, positioning and installation, safe working loads, and derating lifting equipment.

Module 4: Examination, Maintenance, and Storage

Requirements of examinations and maintenance, what does a thorough examination cover?, competent persons, frequency of thorough examinations, records of thorough examinations, hired equipment, pre-use checks, maintenance of equipment, and safe storage.

Module 5: Planning Operations and Reducing Risks

Planning and supervision, what should plans cover?, location and positioning of equipment, working with suspended loads, attaching, detaching, and securing loads, preventing overturning and destabilising, visibility and weather, lifting equipment for people, slips, trips, and falls, emergency procedures, and information, instruction, and training.

The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

This course is suitable for anyone who is in charge of a workplace that requires lifting equipment and those who operate lifting operations as part of their job role. It is designed to provide both employers and employees with a strong awareness of what LOLER requires of them. The knowledge they gain from the course will help them prevent people who work with or near lifting equipment from coming in harm’s way.

Does taking this course make me a LOLER ‘Competent Person’?

Under the LOLER Approved Code and Practice and Guidance, anyone wanting to be responsible for carrying out thorough examinations of lifting equipment must have appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined. Taking this course alone will not make you competent to carry out thorough examinations of Lifting Equipment.

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Neil Murray

Health and Safety Consultant

Neil Murray is a vastly experienced and highly qualified health and safety professional who has held roles such as Senior Health and Safety Executive inspector,  and Principal Inspector for Channel Tunnel construction. He has also held senior roles in an international infrastructure business, a major UK water utility company and a major construction group and provided management consultancy to numerous companies across a wide range of industries. 

Neil has a wide expertise in many sectors, including construction, civil engineering, manufacturing engineering, water and waste utilities, education, heritage sites, public safety, rail construction and operation, transport, marine, waste management, engineering design and industrial and facilities management services. 

Neil is a QSA auditor for RoSPA and also an author of published guidance on health and safety in the construction of the Channel Tunnel, work at height, major project management, and online training courses.

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