The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) require risks to people’s health and safety, from equipment that they use at work, to be prevented or controlled.

If you are an employer and you provide equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of equipment, then you must ensure that the work equipment you provide meets the requirements of PUWER. In doing so, you should ensure that it is:

  • Suitable for use
  • Maintained in a safe condition
  • Inspected in certain circumstances to ensure that it is, and continues to be, safe for use

You should ensure that persons who determine the nature of the inspections required under PUWER, and who carry out the inspections, are competent to do so.