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British & EU Standards

The preparation of standard for a wide range of lifting equipment, components and associated materials together with codes and recommendations for safe use has resulted in a very good standard of safety when properly applied.


All persons who are concerned with the design, technical selection or use of lifting equipment are advised to work to these standards.


The European standards program is still a long way from completion but, as can be seen in the attached document, there are now many standards bearing the BS EN prefix. These European Standards are intended to help the process of removing technical barriers to trade throughout europe and beyond.


The reader should ensure that they have the current edition of the standard, complete with any amendments.


Please click the link below to view the list of standards currently applicable. Please be aware that although LGS endeavours to ensure that the document is as up-to-date as possible it cannot guarantee to be 100% accurate.

Regulations & Law

Whilst using lifting equipment and associated products the following regulations apply:-


  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)


  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)


  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974


  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


  • Supply of Machinery, Safety Regulations 1992, 1994


  • The Electromagnetic compatibility Regulations 1992


  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992


  • The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002


  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005


For further information on these please refer to the following sites:-


Health & Safety Executive (HSE)


Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)


Standards List