PUWER and Risk Assessment
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, are regulated by the UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive). They place duties on companies and individuals who own, operate or have control over work equipment and on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not. “Work equipment” in this context applies to any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not) including equipment that employees provide for their own use at work.
The definition of both the scope and use of “work equipment” is extremely wide, being interpreted as '... any activity involving work equipment and includes starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning'.
PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
- Suitable for the intended use
- Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate
- Only used by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
- Accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices
- And, in the case of mobile work equipment and power presses, only used in accordance with specific requirements
It should be remembered that some work equipment is subject to other health and safety legislation in addition to PUWER. For example, lifting equipment must also meet the requirements of LOLER, pressure equipment must meet the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations and personal protective equipment must meet the PPE Regulations.
How we can help:
- To comply with PUWER every new piece of equipment has to be assessed on installation, and reassessed if any modifications or changes are made, or if that equipment will be used differently. Reassessment is also required if there has been an accident.
- IES is able to help you through the PUWER process, offering a range of options, from advice and consultancy services to the complete on-site testing and assessment of your equipment. We can provide you with a full written report that details any potential problems we’ve identified, and, if required we can organise any remedial work necessary to ensure compliance.
- Examples of the work we’ve undertaken in this area would include production machinery, test rigs, control panels, electrical cabinets, x-ray scanners, lighting controls and industrial ovens, the installation of new machinery and the refurbishment of machinery.
For more details or to see how we can help with your particular circumstances call us on +44 (0)117 938 0600 or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you.