Does your equipment meet PUWER?

Did you know that the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require that equipment provided for use at work is “safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.”

It is not a legal requirement to follow the PUWER recommendations; however, it is advisable to do so as they have a special status under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

In order to meet the PUWER requirements, the HSE recommend that you must manage the risks from that equipment by ensuring work equipment is –

  • Maintained in an efficient state
  • In efficient working order
  • In good repair
  • If the work equipment is exposed to deteriorating conditions liable to result in dangerous situations, it must be inspected to ensure faults are detected in good time so the risk to health and safety is managed.

    Health and safety inspectors enforce PUWER when they visit your premises. If a piece of equipment does not meet PUWER regulations it could be given an improvement or prohibition notice following a health and safety inspection.

    An improvement notice is given to a piece of work equipment if it is badly maintained, damaged, or has not undergone the adequate inspections and risk assessment. It may also be served a notice if an inspector feels that there are inadequate systems in place to ensure it’s continued maintenance.

    Make sure your equipment meets the PUWER recommendations by scheduling regular maintenance on your machinery.

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