PUWER Work Equipment Inspections


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) is the UK regulation for individuals or organisations who own, operate or control any piece of equipment for work. It falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and is in place to ensure all equipment is suitable and safe for use.

PUWER regulations are implemented to reduce risks to people’s health and safety from the equipment they use at work. In addition to the requirements of PUWER, lifting equipment is also subject to the requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

Merit Inspection Solutions delivers expert consultancy and inspection to ensure your PUWER requirements are maintained to the highest and safest standard.

Who has obligations under PUWER regulations?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the employer has a legal responsibility to provide a safe working environment and safe working equipment. The PUWER regulations address the specific work equipment requirements.

If you are an employer or self-employed person providing work equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the equipment in use, then the PUWER regulations apply. If you fall under either of these categories, you are classed as a ‘duty holder’. It is, therefore, your responsibility to ensure that all work equipment, plant and machinery meets the requirements of PUWER.

Employees have duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to abide by the instructions of their employer for health and safety and should report any hazards and must use work equipment in accordance with the training and instructions they have been provided.

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What items are covered under PUWER?

Work equipment is separated into two categories, high risk and low risk. High risk work equipment under PUWER regulations need to be thoroughly examined by a competent person. Lower risk and basic work equipment items can be inspected in-house by a competent member of staff. All equipment which is used by an employee is included in the PUWER regulations, for example hammers, ladders, drilling machines, power presses, photocopiers, computers, lifting equipment, forklifts and motor vehicles. Employers of employees using their own equipment must ensure that equipment complies with PUWER if used for work activities.

PUWER inspection regulations apply if you are an employer or self-employed person and you provide any equipment to be used at work, or if you have control of the equipment in use.

What does a PUWER inspection involve?

The main purpose of a PUWER inspection is to ensure that work equipment is in safe operational condition with no deterioration detected, and if so, this should be remedied before it develops into a safety risk. A PUWER inspection will focus on parts of the equipment which are most likely to deteriorate and create a health and safety risk to users and the environment.

Depending on the equipment type, age and how often is it used the inspection may vary from visual examination to a more thorough examination. MIS engineers will able to guide you through this process, ensuring that each piece of equipment is inspected at the required intervals and at the necessary level of examination.

Services provided by Merit Inspection Services

Merit Inspection Services provides inspection services for all types of equipment and machinery to meet LOLER, PUWER, Trailer Brake Testing, Portable Application Testing (PAT) and Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) requirements.

Free advice by phone

No-obligation quote for identified inspection requirements

Inspection service contract and schedule

Inspections by competent, professional engineers by appointment

Feedback if any serious defect is identified and review of any queries arising from inspection before end of visit

Online, hardcopy and digital report on completed inspections

Certification of equipment and machinery upon successfully passing the inspection

Ongoing management of all inspection schedules, providing timely and thorough reinspection, and ensuring that you maintain legal compliance at all times