Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998)
The PUWER 1998 legislation replaced the 1992 regulations and seeks to address, control and prevent workers risk of injury and death from equipment they use during the course of their jobs. In addition to the requirements laid out in the PUWER legislation, some types of equipment may be subject to other specific legislation. For example, equipment used for lifting (such as fork lifts) are also subject to the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, pressure equipment must meet the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations, and Personal Protective Equipment must meet the PPE Regulations.
The regulations apply to any employer or self-employed worker who uses equipment at work but not equipment used by the public which comes under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
PUWER covers all work equipment from office furniture through to complex machinery and company cars and is also applicable if a company allows a worker to use their own equipment in the work place. All new machinery should carry a CE mark from its manufacturer to prove its compliance with safety laws. When a CE mark is not relevant then responsibility of the equipment’s safety and up keeping can fall to the organisation.
Requirements of PUWER
The main requirements of PUWER for organisations are to ensure that the equipment used is suitable for its purpose, maintained to be safe and not risk health and safety and inspected by a competent worker who should record the results.