Work Equipment PUWER Inspection Services

Work equipment is subject to be regularly checked to comply with PUWER regulations.

PUWER Inspection Services

At ISI, our PUWER inspection services provide your company with the necessary certifications to allow you to operate your work equipment safely and legally, and in order to adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER Regs or PUWER 98 Regulations).

We will manage the inspection schedule for you and will let you know well in advance when inspections are due. The level of inspection required, and the competency of the inspecting person, depends on the complexity of the machine.

ISI checks if your machines and guarding systems are safe and meet regulations. They provide a report or certificate to prove this.

More benefits of choosing our professional service include:

  • Equipment survey to identify assessment and inspection requirements (for an agreed fee).
  • No-obligation quote for the identified equipment and machinery inspection requirements.
  • Inspection Service contract and schedule.
  • Assessment and inspection by friendly, qualified engineers, by appointment.
  • Free impartial advice by phone.
  • Immediate feedback should any serious issues be identified.
  • Summary and review of any queries arising from the inspection, at the end of the visit.
  • Written reports by email or via our online reporting system.
  • ISI will manage the plant and machinery inspection schedule for you and let you know well in advance when inspections are due.

What Does Work Equipment Include?

A thorough examination by a competent person must be performed on all high-risk work equipment under PUWER regs. Lower-risk and simple work equipment items can be inspected in-house by your own competent staff, providing they have the necessary competency.

Generally, any equipment which is used by an employee at work is covered. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Vertical Doors
  • Dock Leveller Systems
  • Ladders
  • Drilling machines
  • Power presses
  • Circular saws
  • Photocopiers
  • Lifting equipment (including lifts)
  • Dumper trucks
  • Motor vehicle
Worker in black overalls and white protective gloves operating an industrial saw with sparks flying.

If employees bring their own equipment, it will also be covered by PUWER, so you must ensure it meets the requirements.

Certain requirements for mobile work equipment did not apply to equipment used in the business before December 5, 1998. These requirements were not applicable until December 5, 2002. Read the HSE information sheet MISC156 if you use hired mobile work equipment.

The Regulations cover various uses of equipment, such as starting, stopping, maintaining, servicing, repairing, modifying, cleaning, and transporting.

You can find a full list of items requiring PUWER inspection services on our Equipment Safety Checklist page.


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