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Hoisting and lifting machines

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If your employees work with hoisting and lifting machines, you must meet the requirements of the Working Conditions DecreeExternal link (Arbeidsomstandighedenbesluit). You must adhere to safety requirements, which include the following:

  • Hoisting and lifting machines must be approved before they are used for the first time
  • They must be inspected annually by an expert and every other year by a Conformity Assessment BodyExternal link (Conformiteits Beoordelings Instantie, CBI, in Dutch)
  • Construction site hoists intended for lifting persons need to be inspected when being set up and again after 6 months. They may only be used with a certificate of approval. Inspection must be done by a Conformity Assessment Body.
  • Each proof of approval must be available at the work site.
  • Hoisting and lifting machines that are intended for moving goods must not be used to transport people.
  • The maximum permissible load must be clearly indicated on the machines.
  • Weights in excess of the maximum permissible load must not be lifted, except in a test situation to determine whether the machine is in proper working order.

Registration and certification

Operators of hoisting and lifting machines must be sufficiently skilled to operate them. To operate

  • mobile cranes
  • automatic loading cranes with hoist function
  • earthmoving machines with hoist function
  • telescopic handlers with hoisting function
  • fixed or mobile tower cranes
  • small and large foundation rigs

your employees need to be registered with the Foundation Supervising the Certification of Vertical TransportExternal link (TCVT, in Dutch). Foreign crane operators who work in the Netherlands also need to registerExternal link.

Corona: temporary exemption of certification procedures

As a result of the corona measures it is not always possible to comply with the procedures for certification (professional qualifications) that are necessary for certain professions. For instance following professional training courses or taking exams. Some professions therefore have a temporary exemptionExternal link (in Dutch) for some requirements until 31 August 2020. Did your certificate expire before 1 July 2020? Then you have until 1 September 2020 to renew your professional qualification or (re)register.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO