Advanced Programme in PUWER Safety Inspections

Course Synopsis

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) applies to the provision of all work equipment, including toolbox tools, laboratory apparatus, ladders, lifting and mobile work equipment. PUWER applies to all workplaces and work situations where the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 applies.

This 3 day City and Guilds Accredited course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to carry out and conduct PUWER inspections on your machinery. Our training team will explain your obligations in order t o meet the legal requirements of the Regulations. During this course we will outline when PUWER inspections should be carried out and what they should contain. You will gain a better understanding of the PUWER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and how this document can help you meet your legal obligations.

PUWER inspections are normally based around European and International standards as they can, if followed correctly, provide a presumed level of compliance. European and International standards are not law but provide the best way of showing you have fulfilled your legal obligations in complying with PUWER and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The course will outline some of the most common European and International standards to ensure that you implement practical, effective and compliant control measures.

Risk assessment is an integral part of the machinery safety process. The course will cover risk estimation, evaluation and reduction using the Preliminary Hazard Analysis system (PHA). The course will include working examples from real life scenarios to ensure that you leave with a good understanding of how to carry out risk assessments on machinery in your work place.

To some people, conducting a PUWER inspection on their own machines can be quite a daunting task at first, so we at ST&L will provide you with a PUWER checklist. This easy to follow checklist will offer step by step guidance when carrying out your practical inspections.

Throughout this course there will be plenty of practical examples and lots of pictorial references to real life situations in order to underpin and expand your knowledge base of this subject. This course will identify key issues which may arise when purchasing new equipment or machinery giving you the information to make sure that your new machinery will be PUWER compliant.

You are required to complete practical and theory tests. The practical test will be conducted on a machine of your choice using the ST&L PUWER Checklist and Risk Assessment documents. The theory test is divided in to two sections, a written test paper consisting of 20 multiple choice questions and 5 Risk Assessment scenarios. 


Day 1

  • Work through the legal framework of Regulations 1-24 
  • The Approved Code of Practice (L22) and howit relates to PUWER and Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Know when PUWER inspections should be carried out and what they should contain
  • Identify typical hazards associated with machinery and work equipment
  • Understand how European and International standards work in relation to complying with PUWER and their relationship with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Know your legal obligations when purchasing new CE marked equipment
  • Summary of the day 

Day 2

  • Carry out several worked examples using European and International standards, typical standards covered are; 
EN ISO 14120 General guarding requirements 
EN 349 Crushing zones 
EN ISO 13857 Upper and lower limb access 
EN ISO 14119 Interlocking and associated devices
EN ISO 13855 Approach speeds of the human body (light guards and curtains) 
EN 60204-1 Electrical standard 
EN ISO 13850 Emergency stop devices 
EN ISO 574 Two hand controls
  • Introduction to the PHA risk assessment system and the 3 step method of hierarchy of control as outlined in EN ISO 12100 2010
  • Carry out various classroom risk assessment scenarios covering the risk estimation, evaluation and reduction process from start to finish 
  • Training on how to interpret and use the ST&L PUWER checklist and risk assessments forms
  • Conduct practical PUWER inspection scenarios in the classroom under the guidance of your ST&L tutor
  • Multiple choice and Risk Assessment Scenarios question papers to be completed.
  • Summary of the day

Day 3

  • Carry out a practical PUWER inspection test on a machine using the PUWER assessment checklist
  • Return back to the classroom and complete the risk assessment process on using the ST&L risk assessment documentation
  • Implement effective and compliant control measures 
  • Cross reference the control measures against current published European and International standards
  • Summary of the Course

All our courses are delivered by fully trained and qualified teaching professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their given fields.This executive programme is at the forefront of European safety compliance and is quality benchmarked against the City and Guilds Accreditation programme guaranteeing a commitment to excellence and an enjoyable learning experience.

Where will the course be held?

This course can be held at a location, venue and time that suits you. The number of delegates can range from 1-8.

Who should attend?

  • Health and Safety Practitioners 
  • Engineering Managers and Engineering Supervisors
  • Engineers
  • Team Leaders Technicians
  • Purchasing and Acquisition Personnel
  • Design and Project Team Members

Official City and Guilds programme certificates will be issued on successful completion of the course.

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