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Introduction to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Posted by David Cant on June 14, 2012

The PUWER are in place to reduce the risks to anyone working with or near to equipment such as machinery. Work equipment needs to be controlled and monitored to help reduce the risk of injuries or death and therefore these regulations must be followed otherwise you can face prosecution.   The Regulations help to control the risks by:

  • Making sure that the right type of equipment is being used for the job
  • Making sure that anyone operating the machines or equipment are properly trained
  • Ensures that all equipment is inspected and well-maintained so it is safe to work with

Anyone who is responsible for work equipment, from employers to the self-employed must meet these requirements. The Regulations cover any machines, appliances, tools, apparatus or installations which are used for work which could be used exclusively for the job  or not. This gives a wide scope so you must be sure you understand the Regulations and apply them wherever necessary.

Checking the Equipment

You have a legal duty to check work equipment. If you have not had the right training to check over the work equipment you are not able to perform maintenance or check the equipment.  It has to be performed by someone who has been provided with the right training or shown how to perform the work correctly.  Some equipment can be checked over before each job using common sense following the precise guidelines provided in the user manual; however some circumstances this is not appropriate. It depends on the type of equipment being used. The person must know what they are looking out for, what they need to do and how to ensure they know how to avoid risks.

Although creating a maintenance log is not a legal requirement it is a good idea to do so.  If you do decide to keep a record of maintenance this must be keep completely up to date as this is a requirement of the law.

Guards and Machinery

By law all dangerous machine parts must be guarded to:

  • Prevent access to dangerous parts
  • Ensure all the machine has been turned off and stopped moving before anyone      enters into the dangerous areas

All new machines have to be suitably designed so that risks are reduced and can be prevented. Any risks present are then controlled using protection and guards.  While the guards are not always able to completely remove the risk it can help to reduce them.  This applied with warnings of the risks, safe working systems and adjustable guards can lead to a much safer working environment and a stronger health and safety culture within your workplace.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations are extensive.  Contact the health and safety consultants you would like to learn more about:

  • Lift requirements
  • Examinations of equipment
  • Fork lift trucks
  • Operating machinery on medication
  • Safe working loads
  • CE Marking
  • Manufactures
  • Hiring and purchasing
  • Second hand equipment
  • Installations

Understanding and knowing the Regulations can help to prevent accidents and incidents surrounding work equipment. Call 0800 1488 677 and find out more about the health and safety services available.


David Cant is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner extraordinaire. He has a wealth of Industry experience and is the MD of Veritas Consulting. David also Blogs about Health and Safety here Health and Safety Consultants

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