Health and safety regulations can seem complicated and confusing to even the most experienced employers, and PUWER is no exception. It applies to any place of work within Great Britain whenever work equipment is used on a business premises. Following this guidance is therefore usually enough to comply with the law, and doing so will keep your employees safe and cover you in the event of an on-site accident, as well as ensure your business passes all on-site health and safety inspections. PUWER is enforced by health and safety inspectors during their regular evaluations of your premises. If you have not followed PUWER regulations with a piece of work equipment, it is liable to be given an improvement or prohibition notice following a health and safety inspection. A health and safety inspector can issue an improvement notice, as detailed in section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act, when they are of the opinion that the owner of a piece of work equipment has not taken the adequate steps to ensure it is safe to use at all times.

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Your health and safety responsibilities have not changed in the transition period. These Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.

Work equipment is any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work whether exclusively or not. This includes equipment which employees provide for their own use at work. The scope of work equipment is therefore extremely wide. The use of work equipment is also very widely interpreted and ' If your business or organisation uses work equipment or is involved in providing work equipment for others to use eg for hire , you must manage the risks from that equipment.

This means you must:. When providing new work equipment for use at work, you must ensure it conforms with the essential requirements of European Community law for new machinery this means the Machinery Directive. You must check it:. When providing power presses for working on cold metal, you must thoroughly examine them and their safeguards before first putting them into use, and periodically afterwards.

This means you must ensure that the inspection and testing of guards and protection devices is carried out by a competent person at frequent intervals, and that records of these examinations, inspections and tests are kept. The main change was in the coverage of mobile work equipment, woodworking equipment and power presses allowing the repeal of the Power Press Regulations and a number of other older regulations, including those on woodworking machinery.

But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice.

Other more specific legislation may also apply for example LOLER, when lifting equipment is used at work. In some cases, equipment used at work is more appropriately covered by other, more specific legislation eg the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations and the Electricity at Work Regulations.

You may therefore have to ensure that the requirements of other legislation are met alongside those of PUWER; for example, the Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations, in relation to the workplace risks to pedestrians arising from mobile work equipment. Although PUWER has a wide application, there is a general exclusion covering the use of ship's work equipment in most situations because there are other provisions for the safety of this equipment under merchant shipping legislation.

Most new work equipment that is machinery will also fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive, as implemented by the Supply of Machinery Safety Regulations. Machinery, and certain other work equipment within scope of the Directive, must undergo conformity assessment and be appropriately CE marked before being placed on the market or brought into use. This includes:. Tell us whether you accept cookies We use necessary cookies to make our website work.

Accept all cookies. Set cookie preferences. Health and Safety Executive. Equipment and machinery Frequently asked questions Are you a? Find the latest information on our Brexit pages. PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is: suitable for the intended use safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls.

These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses Some work equipment is subject to other health and safety legislation in addition to PUWER. Is this page useful? Yes No.


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Whilst PUWER applies to all lifting equipment a set of regulations called Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations LOLER 98 applies over and above these general requirements and deal with specific hazards and risks associated with lifting equipment and operations. The definition of work equipment is very wide. It covers most work equipment used at work including:. The regulations impose duties on employers, the self-employed and people who have control of work equipment. This latter can apply where there is not a direct 'employment' relationship between the person who uses the equipment and the person who controls it. For example when a sub-contractor carries out work at another person's premises and uses that persons work equipment or where someone else controls the work equipment but not its use such as a plant hire company. All those who have duties under the regulations must ensure that the work equipment complies with PUWER


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including those found in an office environment such as photocopiers and binding machines, and require employers to ensure that equipment provided for employees to use at work is:. Practices should ensure that instructions for use of such equipment are displayed prominently and that equipment is inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specification. We help practice managers to get their practice compliant with regulation and to stay compliant. Services Recruitment Training Consultancy. Looking for Something? Health and Safety Guidance firstpracticemanagement. The Regulations cover a wide range of equipment including those found in an office environment such as photocopiers and binding machines, and require employers to ensure that equipment provided for employees to use at work is: suitable for the intended use; safe for use, maintained in a safe condition; used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training; and accompanied by suitable safety measures, e.

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