Why Do I Need a PUWER Assessment?
The main aim of a PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) assessment, is to help make sure that workers are safe at all times when working with equipment that could cause harm. As a result, companies will need to follow these guidelines in order to protect their employees and to make sure that the machinery in question meets all of the regulatory requirements. Hefty fines may otherwise be imposed. Let’s take a closer look at PUWER assessments to understand when they are needed as well as the risks businesses take if they do not adhere to the rules.
What Does a PUWER Assessment Involve?
This type of assessment looks at a broad range of factors. Some of the most important include:
- Making sure that the right equipment is being used.
- Ensuring that no faults are present.
- Determining if the employees have the right amount of training.
- Highlighting whether additional health and safety measures may need to be put into place.
These approaches to operational risk management can also involve machine testing and safety inspections.
Companies are required to have a valid inspection report at all times. This will need to be shown to officials if requested. So, when is a PUWER assessment recommended?
When is this Assessment Needed?
This assessment is required during many circumstances. It applies to anyone who is conducting work with equipment which is considered to pose a personal safety hazard. Keep in mind that these assessments could also be needed even if other guidelines (such as the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974) are already in place.
There are many situations which will require a PUWER assessment. Some of these include:
- When equipment may have been exposed to situations that could potentially cause damage.
- When machinery has been installed for the first time.
- In the event that a piece of equipment has recently undergone an upgrade.
Some examples of businesses that will need need this assessment include factories, workshops, offices, hospitals, hotels, and other locations that may be accessed by the public. Even temporary work areas such as construction sites will need to gain this type of assessment to make sure that they comply with all of the regulations.
What Penalties May be Imposed?
The penalties for failing to adhere to these regulations can be quite serious. Health and safety inspectors who discover that this assessment has not taken place are liable to recommend stiff fines. There can even be times when severe cases result in imprisonment. So, it is clear to see why such regulations need to be followed at all times.
Would you like to learn more about what a PUWER assessment involves? Do you wish to ensure the health and safety of all your employees at all times? If so, please take a moment to contact one of our representatives at ST&L. We will be more than happy to discuss your options in more detail.