PUWER INSPECTIONS & PUWER REGULATIONS


PUWER - Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

This legislation is also general, in as much as it applies to all work equipment, and any activity involving work equipment. It also contains specific requirements for mobile work equipment and power presses. It may also need to be considered in conjunction with LOLER regulations (see next section).

"Work equipment" means any equipment used by an employee at work.

Regulation 6 of PUWER requires owners and users or work equipment to carry out a risk assessment to establish in-service inspection requirements. If inspection is indicated by the risk assessment, a written scheme of inspection needs to prepared, detailing the scope and frequency of periodic inspections.

Part 4 of PUWER is specific to the safe use of power presses. This states that all power presses with automatic, interlocking or photo-electric guards are thoroughly examined every 6 months. Those with fixed guards or enclosed tools should be thoroughly examined every 12 months.

 

Description Typical Inspection Frequency (subject to risk assessment)
Atmospheric storage tanks
12
Bailing machines / presses
12
Bulldozers
12
Conveyors
12/6
Dock Levellers
12
Drilling Machines
12
Guillotines
6/12
Gymnastic equipment
12
Injection moulding machines
12
Ladders and steps
12
Lathes
12
Lighting rigs
12
Manual presses
12
Milling machines
12
Pallet trucks
12
Platten machines
12
Power presses
12
Non-statutory presses
12
Ramps
12
Roller shutter doors
12
Storage racking
12
Waste compactors
12
Woodworking machinery
12