Skip to content

PUWER: Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations


PUWER is the Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations which came into effect in 1998 and require Employers to carry out a risk assessment on all equipment prior to its use and subsequently at suitable periods.

PUWER regulations extend beyond CE marking requirements as they apply to use of the equipment in the workplace.

Requirements & Responsibilities

PUWER requires employers to carry out a risk assessment of all workplace equipment. It is then the Health and Safety at Work Act which imposes an obligation to remedy any elevated risks found with the equipment. The Risk Assessment must be carried out before first use of the equipment and must be reassessed if modified or moved. The Risk Assessment must be recorded and stored for the lifetime of the machine or until the next Risk Assessment has been completed.

The Risk Assessment must be of suitable and sufficient for the risk and carried out by competent persons.

NDC staff are trained by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) who are the chartered body for health and safety professionals. Our trained, competent staff have a wealth of experience to advise clients on the risks associated with work place equipment.

NDC have developed a risk based approach to risk assessment with risk ratings produced to allow the employer to prioritise their approach to compliance. Clients often take up our managed programme service where we manage any remedial works required to reduce the risks.

The risks are entered into bespoke software developed for NDC to produce a comprehensive Risk Assessment which will inform the client of any risks associated with equipment and satisfy the employer’s responsibility under PUWER regulations. 

NDC Can Assist Your Organisation By:

  • Conducting PUWER Risk Assessments
  • Specifying  remedial works required where elevated risks are identified
  • Providing independent Maintenance Audits 
  • Providing a design and management service to clear all remedial works identified during the Risk Assessment 
  • Revisiting your premises and update the original Risk Assessment on completion of any remedial work