What is the meaning of PUWER?


PUWER, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, is a statutory instrument of the United Kingdom. The main purpose of PUWER is to ensure the provision of safe work equipment throughout the lifetime of its use, regardless of its condition, age or origin. The regulations came into force on 5 December 1998 and was formerly known as PUWER98.

The regulations require that machinery provided for use at work is:

  • Suitable for its intended use
  • Safe for use - including keeping it maintained in a safe condition with regular inspections to ensure it is installed correctly and that its level of safety doesn't subsequently decline
  • Used only by people who have received adequate training, instruction and information
  • Accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective controls and devices
  • Used in accordance with specific requirements - mobile work equipment and power presses

There is some overlap between PUWER and other sets of regulations - for example CE & UKCA Marking. For more detailed information on how Pilz can help you with your PUWER compliance or any other aspect of Machine Safety regulations and legislation please contact us:

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Pilz Automation Ltd
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Corby, Northants, NN18 8TJ
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1536 460766
E-Mail: sales@pilz.co.uk

Pilz Automation Ltd

Telephone: +44 1536 460766
E-Mail: sales@pilz.co.uk