Motor Trade Sector

Lifting equipment guidance

Health & Safety update 08/03/2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guidance for the motor vehicle repair industry, replacing two publications from the early 1990s with 'Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries' (HSG261). Working in collaboration with industry the document has been brought up to date to reflect recent changes to both vehicles and industry standards. 

Historically, the failure of lifting equipment has caused both serious and fatal injuries during vehicle repair. Within the scope of the Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are vehicle lifts and jacks. A periodic thorough examination of the lifting equipment is required to ensure that it remains safe to operate.  

Vehicle lifts should be thoroughly examined every six months if work is carried out when there is a person either in or beneath the vehicle whilst it is raised on the lift. For body alignment jigs or trolley and bottle jacks, a thorough examination every 12 months may be more appropriate, as people are not routinely working underneath the jigs. As with other items of work equipment, scheduled routine inspection and maintenance should also be carried out for lifting equipment. This may be determined by the competent person, along with the interval between each thorough inspection.

A copy of the updated guidance along with example risk assessments and other free resources can be downloaded from the HSE website:

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