Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association :: View topic - Lifting Plans - HSE Inspector requirements

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D.Toseland
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:38 pm Reply with quote Back to top
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Following a recent OHSAS 18001 audit I was posed with a question concerning the extent of documented lifting plans that the HSE (as a visiting inspector) would expect to see.
Currently we have documented plans for 'exceptional lifts' but do not have any documented plans for any other lift.
All our employees that operate the cranes / fork trucks are trained and familiar with our equipment - which is certificated and routinely inspected every six months.
We have risk assessments for working areas.
How far do you have to go to be 'suitable and sufficient'. Undecided
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D.Etchell
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:48 am Reply with quote Back to top
It is difficult to give a straight reply as I am unaware of the nature of the business and it will depend on whether lifts are routine or are they complex from time to time. However I have consulted a HSE specialists and this is a very brief guide. For routine lifts then you may have generic lifting plans but for complex, individual plans are required. All need to demonstrate the assessment of the work to be done, identify the hazards, quantify the risks and decide on the control measures (i.e. carry out a risk assessment), define the safe method (i.e. produce a Method Statement, Operating Procedure, Lift Plan, etc.), how you implement the safe method; and ensure you continually monitor the process. Further advice is given in the LOLER ACOP. Practical guidance on the planning required to ensure that lifting operations are carried out safely and all foreseeable risks have been taken into account is contained within the British Standard BS 7121-1:2006 Code of practice for safe use of cranes - Part 1: Hope this helps
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D.Toseland
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:58 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Thank you for the reply.
Will look in to creating a generic lifting plan and method statement - we use the cranes quite a lot in any one day and for different types of lift i.e. loading / loading lorries, moving equipment around the workshop etc. As I mentioned for exceptional / none routine lifts we produce a risk assessment and method sheet.
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