Equipment in use at a factory - the PUWER regulations ensure equipment is safe for use

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.

What does PUWER cover?

Work equipment applies to any tool, machinery, appliance or installation for use at work.

In order for it to meet the PUWER regulations, you should carry out a PUWER risk assessment to 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
  • Used only be those who have received the correct training to do so

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.

Contact our team to find out how we can support your organisation in meeting the PUWER regulations and other health and safety requirements.