by BFFF
Mar 26th, 2020
3 mins
LOLER and PSSR update
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces several pieces of legislation that contain requirements for time-bound statutory inspections, including the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) 2000 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. All areas these areas being applicable in our industry.

 

BFFF has briefly discussed with the HSE about the availability of these inspections during the current pandemic and how members can continue operations. Duty-holders still have a legal responsibility to maintain work equipment and carry out thorough examinations, written schemes and Statutory Inspections.  These legal duties exist to help manage the significant hazard that the failure of such equipment can pose.  Not complying with these duties can significantly increase the risk of harm to workers and members of the public.

 

At the current time, HSE is not considering issuing exemptions or relaxation of these requirements, but this position will be kept under review in recognition of the changing situation in relation to COVID19.

 

As of 25/03/20, companies who provide inspections of lifting equipment have decided to continue with inspections in essential areas.

 

This includes:

  • Healthcare settings (hospitals, GP practices and essential NHS hubs) and pharmacies
  • Schools used for essential workers childcare.
  • Services and utilities (power, gas, water, sewage, waste).
  • Retail, manufacturing, port services and transport serving essential provisions (food, medical supplies, fuel etc).
  • Maintenance and repair serving essential provision, as above.
  • Social / economically vital sites and services (construction, large employers).
  • Essential commerce including Government / local council hubs of activity, banking.”

 

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