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PUWER Assessments

Under PUWER, equipment supplied at work should be suitable for the intended use. The equipment must be safe for use, maintained and inspected regularly, and accompanied by suitable health and safety measures such as protective devices and controls. A PUWER assessment ensures businesses are compliant with the most up to date regulations, and workplaces and individuals are safe.

What is PUWER?

PUWER is an acronym for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It covers both the electrical and mechanical aspects of a range of equipment provided in the workplace, from racking installations and roller shutter doors to machinery and tools.

Is a PUWER assessment a legal requirement?

Yes, PUWER is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and places duties on people and companies who own, operate, or control work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.

PUWER applies to any business that uses or controls equipment for work.

What is required by PUWER?

According to the Health and Safety Executive, PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:

  • suitable for the intended use
  • safe for use
  • maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate
  • used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
  • accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include guarding, emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices
  • used in accordance with specific requirements for mobile work equipment and power presses

What items are covered by PUWER?

All equipment used by an employee at work. Work equipment is any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation used at work. The definition of ‘use’ in this sense is wide ranging and covers any activities that might involve workplace equipment – from repairs, servicing and maintenance, to regular daily interactions including starting the equipment, stopping it and all contact in between. It is important therefore to also consider the level of training and supervision your employees have had, or should have, before and during their use of the equipment that has been supplied.

Who should carry out a PUWER assessment?

Workplaces must ensure that all work equipment is inspected by a competent person with sufficient knowledge and experience. PUWER covers a wide range of equipment; therefore, the necessary level of competence may vary when undertaken in-house. Stallard Kane offers a full PUWER assessment, ensuring all equipment is assessed, and your business remains compliant.

What happens during a PUWER assessment?

An engineer will attend the site to assess all aspects of machinery in use at the premises, following the Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations (1998).

The assessment will consider the equipment's electrical and mechanical condition, appropriate guarding, emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation, visible markings and warning devices. It will also require inspection of maintenance records, installation information, modification details, and the equipment’s compliance with the necessary standards and regulations.

A full report will be submitted following the completion of the assessment and will include a risk assessment and action plan.

How do I book or find out more information?

To find out more information or to get a no-obligation quote, call our Compliance Team on 01427 420 404 or email

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