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Work Equipment

Anybody who supplies, installs, purchases or uses work equipment has a responsibility to ensure that it is safe and so reduce the risk of injury due to the equipment. The main pieces of legislation which cover these responsibilities are the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

 

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

These regulations, often known as PUWER, require any business which uses work equipment or provides work equipment for others to use to manage the risks from that equipment. This will include the initial choice of equipment, it’s normal use, and it’s maintenance.

 

A risk assessment should be carried out of any work equipment used or provided for use in order to determine what precautions or control measures need to be put in place. It may be necessary to restrict the use of some pieces of equipment to people who are suitably trained.It may also be necessary to provide guards to prevent access to dangerous parts of the machinery.

 

More detailed advice and guidance regarding PUWER can be found on the HSE website.

 

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

These regulations, often known as LOLER, refer to any equipment used to lift people and/or goods.

 

Any lifting operations carried out using lifting equipment must be:

  • Planned properly
  • Carried out by sufficiently competent people
  • Supervised appropriately

 

The regulations also require lifting equipment to have a ‘thorough examination’ throughout it’s lifetime including:

  • Before use for the first time
  • After assembly and before first use at each location (where it requires assembly or installation before use)
  • Regularly whilst it is in service (normally 6 monthly or annually)
  • Following exceptional circumstances

 

There is further detailed information and guidance regarding thorough examinations and LOLER can be found on the HSE Website.

 

Other requirements

Certain types of equipment must meet the requirements of other specific regulations such as the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations and the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations.

 

Further information regarding all aspects of work equipment can be found on the HSE website

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