Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

Definition - What does Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) mean?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) is a British legal requirement that places an onus on employers to make certain that the work equipment used by their employees is safe to operate. While not passed as a law, it has been given special status under the Health and Safety at Work Act. By abiding by the requirements of the PUWER, you will ensure that you are legally provided for in the case of an on-site accident.

Safeopedia explains Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) is applicable to all work sites in Great Britain where work equipment is utilized on a work site. Equipment that is covered under the regulations include hand tools such as saws and hammers, non mechanized machinery, lifting equipment and access equipment. The regulations stipulate that a competent person must periodically inspect the equipment. A record must be kept of each inspection.

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