The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) requires that all lifting equipment in use is subject to thorough and systematic checks to ensure their safe provision. Regulation 9 of the act states that every lift used in the workplace undergoes regular detailed maintenance by a competent person and if you are responsible for the safe operation of any lift in the workplace you must ensure that this happens. It is your legal responsibility as the ‘dutyholder’.
You must comply with this law and make sure that these checks happen on a regular and consistent basis. The competent person must examine every part and component of the lift in order to detect any defect, fault or errors which are dangerous or which may become dangerous in the future if left untreated. The person carrying out the inspection must report any findings to the dutyholder and also where necessary the Health and Safety department. The inspector will also take into consideration the placement of the lift, who uses it, how often it is used, how old it is and what physical state it is in, the weight it will be carrying and so on.
Your role is just as important. You must make sure that the person you choose to carry out these checks is competent i.e. you must ensure they are certified and belong to a reputable company, and that they make the checks regularly. You are the person who must ensure they carry the checks out regularly, not the other way round. You must always keep in touch and inform them of any changes or issues between inspections, you must keep the relevant documents safe and available for the inspector to view, you must act promptly and you must keep any records up to date.
You and your chosen lift engineer must communicate effectively in order to support the smooth running of the lifts in your care. Passenger lifts need regular and meticulous inspection and examinations on a regular basis and there is no reason whatsoever why you should be cutting corners with this.