Lifting devices and lifting equipment

The regulation regarding lifting devices and lifting equipment affects many industries such as mechanical workshops, the engineering industry, port operations and the transport industry.
Crane at building

The regulation applies at all workplaces where lifting devices and lifting equipment are used. Examples of lifting devices are cranes, mobile work platforms, and elevators. Using lifting devices in a safe manner is very much about being able to communicate and understand each other at a workplace. When dealing with lifting devices and lifting equipment there are also special requirements as regards adequate knowledge for safe use.

Knowledge is a requirement

In order to work with lifting devices and lifting equipment, the worker must have adequate knowledge for safe use. If you as an employee have knowledge from your home country that complies with the requirements of the regulation, it will be accepted by the Swedish Work Environment Authority. It is primarily your employer that determines whether your skills are adequate for safe use.

Even for staff who are not drivers, but who work with lifting devices such as load couplers, signalman or with maintenance and repairs and rebuilding work, knowledge is required in those areas that are important to be able to work in a safe manner.

You must have knowledge of:

  1. work environment regulations
  2. how the equipment is designed
  3. how the equipment operates
  4. how the equipment is manoeuvred
  5. its properties
  6. its area of use
  7. its limitations
  8. maintenance
  9. how to conduct basic checks.

You as an employer must be able to document your staff's knowledge. How extensive this knowledge must be depends on how complicated the lifting device and lifting equipment is.

A written permit is required

Staff must also have the employer's or client's written authorization to use a power-driven lifting device. The permit must describe which types of lifting devices, lifting equipment and what sort of work assignments the employee can carry out.

The requirements for documentation and permits do not apply when using elevators.

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Last updated 2017-06-01