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Work equipment and machinery

Changes due to Brexit

Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.

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Here you will find information and guidance for:

Here you will find information and guidance for:

  • designers and manufacturers of new products,
  • suppliers and installers of work equipment,
  • those purchasing and using equipment at work,
  • and for looking after work equipment.


Select and install plant and equipment properly, use it carefully, and make sure it is maintained to meet the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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Lifting equipment and lifting operations are subject to additional requirements, including periodic thorough examination, by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

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Manufacture & supply of work equipment

By design and construction all work equipment must be safe and not give rise to risks to health when first placed on the market or put into service.

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Report a defective product

HSE and other Market Surveillance Authorities have powers to take action where new products are defective. 

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Updated: 2019-05-02