PUWER Intermediate Course

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 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 to 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 how the PUWER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) will help you meet your legal obligations.

PUWER inspections are normally based around European and International standards as they can, if followed correctly, prov ide 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 check list. This easy to follow check list 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.

All our courses are delivered by fully trained and qualified professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their given fields.


Day 1
  • Work through the legal framework of Regulations 1-24
  • The Approved Code of Practice (L22) and how it 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 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
  • Summary of the day

Day 3
  • Carry out an actual PUWER inspection on a machine of your choice using the ST&L PUWER checklist
  • Return back to the classroom and complete the risk assessment process
  • Implement effective and compliant control measures
  • Cross reference the control measures against current published European and International standards
  • Summary of the Course

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

Enquires to

Brian Matthewman           Tel: 0044 7833 444746                 Email:  Brian.matthewman@standl.co.uk

Office                                   Tel: 0044 1473 822922                 Email:  info@standl.co.uk

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