All About PUWER

What is PUWER?

PUWER stands for The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (formerly known as PUWER 98) and deals with ensuring the provision of safe work equipment throughout the lifetime of its use, regardless of its condition, age or origin. PUWER came into force on 5th December 1998 and brings into effect the non lifting aspects of the “Amending Directive to the Use of Work Equipment Directive” (AUWED).

Other relevant legislation to be aware of is the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) which were originally introduced in 1992 and placed wide-ranging responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace on employers and employees alike. Regulation 3 of the MHSWR requires every employer to assess the risks to the health and safety of people in their workplace.

Who is responsible for PUWER?

Every employer is required to assess the risks to the health and safety of people in their workplace. The regulations not only require employers to provide suitable and safe work equipment and machines, but also to consider working conditions and any risks to the health and safety of personnel. This includes providing appropriate training. By conforming to PUWER employers can not only ensure the work equipment and environment is safe, it can also help to increase productivity, efficiency and reduce downtime.

A Complete Guide to PUWER in 2023 - Webinar

Hosted by one of our Machine Safety Experts our 2023 PUWER webinar provided an overview of all individual Regulations and where they apply, in some cases using real world examples. We also covered some of the most frequently asked questions about PUWER:

  • What is it?
  • Who is responsible?
  • Who can carry out inspections?
  • When should an inspection be carried out?
  • Is PUWER a legal requirement?

Watch our PUWER webinar here

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Pilz Automation Ltd
Pilz House, Little Colliers Field
Corby, Northants, NN18 8TJ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1536 460766

Pilz Automation Ltd

Telephone: +44 1536 460766