Puwer risk assessments

PUWER Assessments

& Inspections

If you are an employer or self-employed person and you provide equipment for use at work, then the Regulations will generally apply to you.

PUWER is a legal requirement that requires all employers to ensure that the work equipment is safe to use regardless of whether the work equipment is new, existing or secondhand and is irrespective of its age.

This covers anything from tool box tools right through to production lines, workshop equipment, production cells etc.

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How we can help you

We assess your machinery against the PUWER regulations and applicable machinery safety standards to understand its current state. Where non-compliance's are found, we recommend possible solutions to correct the failure and show compliance to meet the requirements of the PUWER regulations.

Our consultant is highly knowledgeable and competent  in all aspects of PUWER, having conducted PUWER assessments on a large variety of machinery in a host of different industries. We use our extensive knowledge of the standards and regulations to give an accurate assessments of each piece of equipment. 


The reports we issue have specifically been designed to be easy to understand and user friendly. If there is something you do not understand, we are always at the end of the phone to answer your queries.

Have you got machinery that needs PUWER assessing? Don't delay get in touch today 

PUWER stands for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, and is derived from the European Directive 2009/104/EC.

PUWER is a legal requirement that requires all employers to ensure that their work equipment is safe to use and is used safely.

The regulations call for those carrying out the assessments to be competent and have the necessary knowledge and experience.

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What does PUWER cover?​

PUWER is made up of 24 main regulations, with further regulations for mobile equipment and power presses.


Part of what PUWER covers includes:

  • Is the equipment suitable for its intended use?

  • Is it safe to use? Maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.

    • Inspection includes:

      • Before it is put into service: A competent person must carry out a formal inspection to ensure it has been correctly installed and is safe to operate.

      • Before each use: Operators should carry out a pre-use check before they use an work equipment to ensure it has no obvious signs of damage.

      • After any modifications: Where the safety has been compromised, a formal inspection is needed.

      • Following exceptional circumstances: For example, if the equipment has major modifications, refurbishment, significant changes to the way in which it is used or serious damage.

  • Is the equipment used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training?

  • Is the equipment accompanied by suitable health and safety measures? Such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, guarding, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices.

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Corby Northamptonshire

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