The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) were created to ensure that any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation used in the workplace is fit for purpose and maintained correctly to minimise any potential risks to the workforce.
The Regulations apply to employers or self-employed people that provide equipment for use at work, or those that have control of the use of equipment.
In brief, the Regulations require that equipment provided for use at work is:
- Suitable for the intended use
- Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and, in certain circumstances, inspected to ensure this remains the case
- Used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
- Accompanied by suitable safety measures, e.g. protective devices, markings, warnings
Universal Safety Solutions’s professional consultants can conduct a comprehensive assessment of your company’s work equipment, provide a written report with actions and advice on any issues that need addressing to ensure full compliance with the Regulations.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment for your Work Equipment risk assessment.