Does your work equipment meet the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)? If you are not sure, your business could face thousands of pounds worth of HSE fines and heavy compensation payouts.
Any equipment used for work purposes, whether provided by the employer or the employee must, under law, be subjected to a PUWER risk assessment.
Every year, thousands of people are injured from work equipment that has not had a PUWER assessment and the necessary precautions put in place. If an incident occurs at your workplace and your work equipment fails to meet PUWER regulations, then you, the employer, are in breach of UK law.
Did you know that HSE do not need to inform you that they intend to visit your business? HSE officials can inspect your business without any prior notice. If you have not taken the necessary precautions for your work equipment use, you could face serious fines.
To protect your employees and your business it is essential that your business undertakes a PUWER risk assessment by a professional.
A professional must be competent with work equipment regulations. They must be able to identify the hazards and put in place measures that will reduce or remove the risk associated with the work equipment. A competent person will have experience, qualifications and training in working under PUWER.
Failure to abide by PUWER means that your business is breaking the law.
A PUWER assessment must be carried out by a professional. A PUWER risk assessment will be able to identify the problems with your current work equipment and a qualified consultant will be able to recommend necessary measures that your business must take to comply with the relevant health and safety law.
We can provide you with expert PUWER cover. Call us now on 0800 211 8331.
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