For the most part, safety of work equipment is governed by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), which implemented the provisions of the Use of Work Equipment Directive and the Amended Use of Work Equipment Directive.
This topic covers the actions required to comply with PUWER to help employers minimise and control risks associated with the use of work equipment. Related information can be found in the topic on Machinery Safety.
Employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.
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