We specialise in providing over 100 different health and safety training courses, we still consider this to be one of new ones but NPORS N019 Report of Thorough Examination was actually added to our portfolio in April 2019.   The course can be delivered on-site, but more popular by joining one of our open courses delivered at our purpose designed training centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. Open courses means that you can individually join in with a group of others to complete the training.

Aims and Objectives

This course will give persons attending the knowledge and the skills to be proficient in the assessment and inspection of small lifting equipment and be able to complete a Thorough Examination Inspection report.

Delegate Eligibility – Entry Requirements

This Report of Thorough Examination training course is designed for candidates of all abilities, however Lifting Operation experience would be beneficial as candidates will be required to recognise and inspection various lifting equipment.

Course Duration

There are 2 levels of experience

  • Novice: Where full training is provided. 8 Candidates: 1 Instructor: Duration 2 days
  • Refresher and Test: Where candidates require refresher training 8 Candidates: 1 Instructor: 1 Day

Like we mentioned above, we provide open courses at our training centre for individual candidates to attend, these course are run throughout the year, so you do not need to have 8 candidates to attend the course – please enquire for our next scheduled dates.

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Course Content
  • Responsibilities under relevant legislation including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER, LOLER, COSHH, Management of Health and Safety Regulations, Working at Heights Regulations, PPE and Manual Handling Regulations, BS7121, ACOP L113, INDG 422. Risk Assessments, Method Statements, Codes of Practice and other relevant legislation.
  • The importance of the manufacturers instructions, these will be used throughout the course and how they relate.
  • The different types of lifting equipment, accessories and attachments.
  • Explaining the function of the components and how they contribute to the safety and operational integrity of the lifting accessories.
  • Examine their basic construction, explain their uses and applications.
  • Explain the importance of the ability to extract information from previous documented thorough examination inspection reports, manufacturer instructions, and other relevant paperwork.
  • The importance of thorough examination inspections for lifting equipment, accessories and attachments.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to correctly complete an inspection.
  • Explaining in detail the limitations that are acceptable and unacceptable. This will include lifting and non-lifting part of the machine.
  • Explaining and demonstrating the procedure and complete a thorough examination inspection report, explain the contents of the report and the importance of keeping a record of the report produced.
  • Environmental considerations will be covered including ground contamination, debris and cross contamination.
  • Safe manual handling techniques, security and storage procedures.
Variations of Lifting Accessories

5 lifting accessories will be covered as part of the course, items such as slings, Shackles, Hooks, Wire rope, Clamps, Trolleys, Grabs, Beams.

Variations of Small Lifting Equipment

5 pieces of lifting equipment will be inspected and these can include Snatch block/ Gin wheels, Pulllifts / lever hoists, Hoists /runways, Tirfor type pull / lift machine, Manual chain blocks, Tripod & winch, Fall protection equipment, Safety harness / lanyards / fall arrest blocks.

The course is not limited to these items, we have covered a Mortar Tub on previous sessions, if you have an item not listed above we are happy to check if it can be covered by this course. 

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Learning Outcomes
  • Have a basic understanding of the dangers and their responsibilities as a competent person carrying out inspections of lifting equipment, accessories and attachments.
  • Be able to conform to manufacturers requirements as per technical data and conform to relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Be able to locate, identify and explain different types of lifting equipment, accessories and attachments. Examine their basis construction, explain their uses, applications and functions.
  • Be able to interpret and extract information from all relevant documentation
  • Explain and demonstrate how to complete a through examination inspection report
  • Environmental considerations
  • Carry out all storage and securing procedures
Certification & Validation

This course can be registered with our awarding body NPORS or accredited by us Kentra Training. We are a registered training provider and our cards are suitable for the HSE and insurances.

So candidates successfully completing this course will receive one of the following:

  • Kentra Training course validation and plastic (credit card size) ID card
  • NPORS registration and plastic ID card N019 Report of Thorough Examination

If NPORS is required we will need to notify them prior to the course, so please mention this when booking.
Our instructor will take the candidates picture on the day of training, which will appear on their ID cards.

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The technical bit…


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) “What is a ‘thorough examination’ under LOLER?

This is a systematic and detailed examination of the equipment and safety-critical parts, carried out at specified intervals by a competent person who must then complete a written report. Where serious defects are identified, the competent person carrying out the examination must immediately report this verbally to the duty holder. This should then be followed by the written report, a copy of which must also be sent to the relevant enforcing authority.

What is a ‘competent person’? The term ‘competent person’ is not defined in law but the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance (paragraph 294 on competent persons) states that: ‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’

Although the competent person may often be employed by another organisation, this is not necessary, provided they are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that in-house examinations are made without fear or favour. However, this should not be the same person who undertakes routine maintenance of the equipment – as they would then be responsible for assessing their own maintenance work.

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Course Requirements

This course can be delivered on-site where we come to you and use your equipment, alternatively you can come to us and we will provide everything you need for the course.

On-site Course Requirements

You will need:

  • A room for the theory session
  • A safe area for the practical session.

As part of the course the learner will need to inspect at least 5 various lifting accessories both good and bad, and 5 various pieces of lifting equipment, both good and bad. We will need to be able to refer to the manufacturers guidance and or previous lifting inspection reports.

  • Candidates will need to know their own date of birth and National Insurance number.
Training Centre Course Requirements

For courses conducted at our training centre, in Middlewich we provide all the equipment, tools and supplies required to conduct the course.
If you have an accessory that you would like to bring along, we can accommodate this, we will however need the manufacturers guide and any previous lifting reports.

Delegates will need to be suitably dressed to inspect the equipment, as part of the practical element of the course and may wish to bring their own PPE to use (for example gloves, safety boots or steel toe-capped boots).

Candidates will need to know their own dates of birth and National Insurance number.

Courses at our training centre can be run as open training programmes, meaning that if you only have one or two candidates, you can join a course with other delegates on a mutually convenient day.

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How can we help

At Kentra Training Centre we are proud to offer a wide range of training courses and cater to the bespoke needs of our clients. Let us know when you need and how we can help you, and be sure of a friendly welcome from the team.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say the office staff are a fountain of all knowledge, but they know everything there is to know about our courses, and what they don’t know they can usually find out.  You can message us through the website CLICK HERE, or give us a call on 01606 832 556.

Don’t worry, there’s no obligation, and no strings attached when you make an enquiry. We’ll try our best to point you in the right direction!

We look forward to helping you with this N019 Report of Thorough Examination course or any of your training needs.

The Kentra Training Team

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