FAQ

What are the main requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)?

The main requirements are essentially that any risks to people’s health and safety arising from the use of work equipment are prevented or controlled by:

  • Selecting and providing the right equipment for the job
  • Ensuring work equipment is safely used by trained people
  • Inspecting and maintaining work equipment so it remains safe

These requirements must be met by employers, the self-employed and by people who have control over work equipment. There are also other more detailed requirements in PUWER, for example compliance with European Community requirements and the guarding of dangerous parts. There are particular provisions in PUWER relating to mobile work equipment, woodworking machinery and power presses.