THE PROVISION AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS 1998
PUWER FAQ

This page lists the common questions asked about PUWER within our forums, added in no particular order.

Q: Does PUWER apply to second hand machines?
A: PUWER applies to ALL machines new and old alike.

Q: If the machine has a CE Mark do I need to do a PUWER assessment?
A: Yes, PUWER regulations take in to account not only the machine but also the lighting, stability etc.

Q: How often do we need to do a PUWER assessment?
A: This depends on the use of the machine and should be decided by a competent person. If the machine is modified, moved etc. Then a PUWER assessment should take place.

Q: Who can carry out a PUWER inspection?
A: A competent person with the relevant skills and training.

Q: What is the definition of a Competent Person?
A:
Legislation itself does not prescribe what attributes a competent person must have, however, the health and safety executive (HSE) offers some guidance in various publications.

A Competent Person can be defined as “A person who has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the equipment to be thoroughly examined or inspected as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the equipment".

A competent person will normally be from an outside independent organisation that has sufficient training and experience in examination and inspection of equipment.

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