Frequency Guide

Frequency Guide

How often do Statutory Inspections need to be carried out?

The Government has set out a guide for the minimum frequency. The HSEs OC 803/69 “Application of the provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998 and the lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998 to motor vehicle repair” can be found here, but they also state that the frequency should be based on the outcome of risk assessment carried out by a competent person. You may wish to increase the frequency if, for example, you operate machines in hazardous environments. We can arrange a risk assessment of your site to determine what we believe to be a safe maintenance schedule and inspection frequency.

Lifting Equipment (LOLER) Inspection Frequency

L.O.L.E.R. Designation L.O.L.E.R. Frequency
Accessory for lifting (Chains strops etc) Every 6 Months
Equipment used to lift people Every 6 Months
All other lifting Equipment Every 12 Months

Advised Minimum Inspections of Various Items

Equipment Description Minimum Inspection Frequency (Under LOLER, PUWER & COSHH)
Axle Stands Not normally
Chain Blocks 12 Months
Cranes 12 Months
Engine Stands 12 Months
Eye Bolts 6 Months
Transmission Jacks 12 Months
Bottle / Trolley Jacks 12 Months
Hydraulic Press 12 Months
Lifting Slings / Chains (Classed as ancillaries) 6 Months
Ramps 12 Months
Rapid Deployment Trailer (RDT) 12 Months
Recovery Trucks 12 Months
Recovery Spec Lifts 12 Months
Recovery Cranes 12 Months
Towing Equipment (Dollies) 12 Months
Tail Lifts (Lifting Persons) 6 Months
Tipper Rams 12 Months
Tow Ropes 6 Months
Tow Bars 6 Months
Vehicle Lifts 6 or 12 months depending on use
Wheel Lifts 12 Months
Winch 12 Months
Compressors (PSSR) 24 Months
Forklifts 12 Months
Crane Load Test 1 Year to 4 Year as part of a LOLER Schedule, normally with a LOLER Inspection.
Telehandlers, Tractors & JCBs 12 Months

N.B. These are the minimum and the true frequency should be based on the outcome of risk assessment carried out be a competent person.

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