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
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
- Supervised appropriately
The regulations also require lifting equipment
to have a ‘thorough examination’ throughout it’s lifetime
- Before use for the first time
- After assembly and before first use at each
location (where it requires assembly or installation before
- 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.
Certain types of equipment must meet the
requirements of other specific regulations such as the Pressure
Systems Safety Regulations and the Personal Protective Equipment
Further information regarding all aspects of
work equipment can be found on the HSE