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In our LOLER course you will learn that detailed planning and organising of lifting operations should reduce the risk of any injuries. Those who are involved in lifting operations or who use lifting equipment must receive appropriate training for their role and must be competent to carry out their roles and responsibilities.

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Course Description

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All about this LOLER course

This course will introduce you to LOLER and you will consider what it means. In this course you will learn that lifting equipment must be suitable for the task and the conditions in which it will be used.

The risks must be considered in the selection process and the equipment to be chosen by a competent person. You will learn that all lifting equipment and accessories can be identified by using a colour-coded system.

A four colour-coded system can be used to indicate when the lifting equipment was last tested and inspected, you will learn the importance of maintenance, inspection and testing.

Lifting equipment must function properly and be in good condition for it to be safe. If it is not maintained and inspected, defects may go unnoticed and unrepaired which can increase the risk of accidents occurring. You will learn why emergency procedures are required and will look at some examples of emergencies involving lifting operations.

You will finish this course by learning what a rescue plan is and that it is a fundamental part of planning. Only people who are trained and competent should carry out rescues from heights and this is a requirement in the Work at Heights Regulations 2005.

In order to complete the course, you must achieve 80% or more in the final multiple choice quiz.

You will earn 3 CPD points on completion of the course, this course will take around 3 hours to complete and the certificate will last for two years.

  • Fully CPD registered
  • Completed online with instant downloadable certificate
  • Fully printed certificate posted next day
  • Covers all required legislation and practices, including stress risk assessments
  • Complete the online multiple choice assessment as many times as you need to pass

Units covered

  • Unit 1 – Introduction to LOLER – In this first unit you will be introduced to LOLER and consider what it means. You will look at the different types of lifting equipment, lifting accessories and loads, as well as looking at examples of equipment and operations that are not covered under LOLER. You will explore the current legislation that applies to lifting operations and equipment. You will also consider some additional regulations that could apply to lifting operations and lifting equipment.
  • Unit 2 –  Identifying and assessing risks – This unit will introduce you to the terms hazard and risk. You will also consider the meaning of accidents and incidents (near misses). In this unit you will explore some of the hazards associated with lifting operations and look at some examples of accidents that can occur, you will also look at the meaning of risk assessment and look at what the law requires.
  • Unit 3 – Selection of suitable lifting equipment –  In this unit you will be introduced to selecting the most suitable lifting equipment for the task and conditions, you will also look at the legal requirements surrounding lifting equipment selection. You will look at safety aspects, risks and other factors that should be considered when selecting lifting equipment. You will look at the importance of considering the positioning and installation of lifting equipment, as well considering how testing and certification can influence equipment selection.
  • Unit 4 – Maintenance, inspections and testing – In this unit, you will be introduced to maintenance, inspection and testing and will consider their importance. You will look at the laws that require maintenance, inspection, testing and thorough examination. You will explore the requirements for the thorough examination of lifting equipment, as well as looking at who is competent to carry out these examinations. You will look at the recording and reporting of thorough examinations and inspections and consider the actions that should be taken if defects are found.
  • Unit 5 – Planning lifting operations – In this unit, you will be introduced to planning and organising lifting operations. You will look at the legal requirements under LOLER as well as looking at the two stages of planning. You will look at lifting plans, safe systems of work and permits to work. You will also look at what these are and will consider what should be included in a lifting plan. You will look at the importance of considering the position and installation of lifting equipment when planning and consider the supervision required when carrying out lifting operations.
  • Unit 6 – Reducing risks – In this final unit, you will be introduced to reducing the risks associated with lifting equipment and operations. You will look at preventing slips, trips and falls and preventing access to dangerous parts. You will consider the effect of weather on lifting operations. You will look at the legal requirements for providing information, instruction and training as well as considering the information and instructions that should be given to employees and others.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does the course take to complete?

This course takes a few hours to complete and you can do this without any restrictions. This means you can buy the course and start at any time. You can also begin your learning, stop and come back to the course to pick up where you left off.

Is this LOLER course accredited?

Yes the course is fully accredited through the CPD Certification Service. They review all of our content to check for quality, depth and that the material is fully up-to-date. Each year our membership with the service is renewed and all courses are thoroughly checked prior to being accredited.

Will I get a certificate when I finish?

Yes, as soon as you finish this course you can immediately download a PDF version of your personalised certificate. We also then send a fully printed copy to you by first class post.

How long does the certificate last?

The certificate after finishing this course lasts for 2 years until expiry which is when we recommend completing the training again. Some industries may require an update to CPD more frequently than this and others may not but, as a standard rule, we recommend completing the LOLER course every 2 years to ensure it is fresh in your mind and you understanding the latest regulations.

What are the benefits of completing this LOLER course online?

By completing this course online you can study in your own time and at your own pace. Having the ability to complete the units at a time to suit you engages your learning much more and enables you to interact and soak up the information easier.

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This course has been checked and assured for quality and accuracy by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, to ensure it meets their exacting standards and is up-to-date. Formed over 100 years ago, RoSPA are committed to increasing safety measures and reducing accidents throughout numerous industries as well as campaigning for better standards in health and safety worldwide.

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