Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, are regulated by the UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive). They place duties on companies and individuals who own, operate or have control over work equipment and on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not. “Work equipment” in this context applies to any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not) including equipment that employees provide for their own use at work.
PUWER is an acronym for Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. PUWER came into force on 5 December 1998. It replaced the original PUWER regulations first introduced in 1992, and allowed the repeal of the 1965 Power Press Regulations.
PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
PUWER regulations apply to work activities throughout the whole of Great Britain and also to offshore installations such as oil rigs and gas supply platforms. The groups covered by PUWER include:
The requirements imposed by these regulations shall not apply to a person in respect of work equipment supplied by him by way of sale, agreement for sale or hire-purchase agreement.
The regulations do not refer to equipment used by the public, which comes under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. PUWER also does not apply to those who have supplied or sold equipment – in this case it’s up to the purchaser of equipment to make sure that it is specified, installed and used so that it does not present a risk to those at work.
If your business or organisation uses work equipment or is involved in providing work equipment for others to use (e.g. for hire), you are obliged to manage the risks related to that equipment. This means you must:
When providing new work equipment for use at work, you must ensure it:
When providing mobile work equipment, you must ensure that:
You can read the most updated copy of the PUWER regulations on the HSE website.
In order to comply with the PUWER checklist, every new piece of equipment has to undergo a PUWER inspection on installation, and reassessed if any modifications or changes are made, or if that equipment will be used differently. Reassessment is also required if there has been an accident.
IES help you through the PUWER process, offering a range of options; from advice and consultancy services to the complete on-site testing and assessment of your equipment. We provide you with a full written report that details any potential problems we’ve identified, and, if required we can organise remedial work necessary to ensure compliance.
Examples of the work we’ve undertaken in this area include production machinery, test rigs, control panels, electrical cabinets, x-ray scanners, lighting controls and industrial ovens, the installation of new machinery, and the refurbishment of machinery.
We’ve put together a quick-fire guide which provides you with many of the ‘need to knows’ on PUWER procedure in an easy, digestable format.
To discover how we can meet your specific PUWER requirements, call us on +44 (0)117 938 0600 or use our contact form.
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