Providing and using work equipment safely

A brief guide

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This leaflet outlines the legal requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

It describes what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees in the workplace.

This brief guide explains what equipment is covered by PUWER. It also summarises what you need to do to make sure you meet the requirements of the Regulations, eg regarding maintenance and inspection of equipment. There are also specific requirements relating to mobile work equipment and power presses.

It explains the importance of ensuring safeguards are in place. It describes what an employer should do before letting an individual work on a piece of equipment for the first time.

This revision provides more guidance on how to comply with the Regulations, examples of actions you can take and areas to consider. It includes simple dos and don'ts to help you to meet your duties.

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Updated: 2023-09-12