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PUWER: The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER or PUWER regulations) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.


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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

  • safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate

  • accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include 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

  • Some work equipment is subject to other health and safety legislation in addition to PUWER. For example, lifting equipment must also meet the requirements of LOLER, pressure equipment must meet the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations and personal protective equipment must meet the PPE Regulations PDF.

What is work equipment?


Work equipment is any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not). This includes equipment which employees provide for their own use at work. The scope of work equipment is therefore extremely wide. The use of work equipment is also very widely interpreted and '...means any activity involving work equipment and includes starting, stopping, programming, setting, transporting, repairing, modifying, maintaining, servicing and cleaning'.

What must I do?


If your business or organisation uses work equipment or is involved in providing work equipment for others to use (eg for hire), you must manage the risks from that equipment.

What should I know?


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 replaced the original PUWER regulations first introduced in 1992. The main change was in the coverage of mobile work equipment, woodworking equipment and power presses allowing the repeal of the 1965 Power Press Regulations and a number of other older regulations, including those on woodworking machinery.

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HSE Training and Conferences available:


HSE Training offer a full range of courses including COSHH. For more information and a full list of what training is available, visit the Solutions from HSE website (opens in new window)link opens in a new window.


Also available from the HSE:


INDG 229 Using work equipment safely

Open learning guidance PUWER 1998: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

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