Purchasing Work Equipment - Frequently asked questions
Changes due to Brexit
Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.
Purchasing work equipment
Before you buy it, think about:
- where and how it will be used
- what it will be used for
- who will use it (skilled employees, trainees etc)
- what risks to health and safety might result from its use, and
- how well health and safety risks are controlled by different manufacturers
This can help you decide what equipment may be suitable, particularly when buying standard 'off the shelf' items. If you are buying more complex or custom-built equipment, you should discuss your requirements with potential suppliers, who can advise you on the options available. When you place the order, specify in writing that the equipment must be safe, meet all relevant EU supply Directives and be CE marked.
Check the machinery is CE marked and accompanied by:
- a Declaration of Conformity, which covers all relevant EU Directives (including the Machinery Directive); and
- a set of instructions in English, stating how the machinery should be used and maintained
You should also check it is not obviously unsafe (eg missing guards), by assessing the risks that may arise from the way it will be used and maintained.