What is PUWER?

What is PUWER and what does it mean for your business?

PUWER stands for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. These regulations were established in the UK to ensure the safety of employees when using work equipment.

PUWER applies to all types of work equipment, ranging from machinery and tools to vehicles and furniture. It is crucial for businesses to understand and comply with PUWER to create a safe working environment and avoid legal consequences.

PUWER places responsibilities on both employers and employees. Employers must ensure that work equipment is suitable for its intended use, maintained in a safe condition, and regularly inspected to identify any defects or risks. They must also provide adequate training and information to employees on how to safely use the equipment, as well as implement measures to prevent unauthorized access to dangerous machinery.

For businesses, compliance is not only a legal requirement but also beneficial in terms of employee safety and productivity. By following PUWER guidelines, businesses can minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and costly legal claims. It also helps to create a positive working environment, where employees feel valued and protected.

Implementing PUWER in your business starts with a thorough assessment of all work equipment. This involves identifying potential hazards, such as sharp edges, exposed moving parts, or inadequate safety guards. Once hazards are identified, appropriate

To find out how Knox Thomas can help you ensure your machinery meets these regulations, please get in touch.

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