Work Equipment PUWER Inspection Services

Equipment used at work is subject to ongoing thorough examination and, where appropriate, inspections, in order to adhere to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

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 PUWER 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 provides PUWER Inspections and Safety Assessments, resulting in a written report or certificate to show that your machines and any associated guarding systems are suitable, regulation compliant – and ultimately that the equipment is safe to use.

More benefits of choosing our professional service include:

  • white tick icon Equipment survey to identify assessment and inspection requirements (for an agreed fee).
  • white tick icon No-obligation quote for the identified PUWER equipment and machinery inspection requirements.
  • white tick icon Inspection Service contract and schedule.
  • white tick icon PUWER assessment and inspection by friendly, qualified engineers, by appointment.
  • white tick icon Free impartial advice by phone.
  • white tick icon Immediate feedback should any serious issues be identified.
  • white tick icon Summary and review of any queries arising from the PUWER inspection, at the end of the visit.
  • white tick icon Written reports by email or via our online reporting system.
  • white tick icon 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:

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

Similarly, if you allow employees to provide their own equipment, it too will be covered by PUWER, and you will need to make sure it complies.

Work equipment must have met all the requirements of the Regulations from 5 December 1998. However, requirements relating to certain aspects of mobile work equipment (see below) did not apply to such equipment (provided for use in the business before 5 December 1998) until 5 December 2002. Read the HSE information sheet MISC156 if you use hired mobile work equipment.

Examples of uses of equipment which are covered by the Regulations include starting or stopping the equipment, 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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