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.

To ensure compliance with Care Quality Commission regulations, service providers must by law make suitable arrangements to protect staff, service users and others who may be at risk from “unsafe equipment” and ensure that equipment is available in sufficient quantities.

The use of equipment at work is governed by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) which require employers to ensure equipment is safe for its intended use.

This topic covers the actions required to comply with PUWER to help employers minimise and control risks associated with the use of work equipment. Information about Personal Protective Equipment can be found in the PPE topic.

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