Plant and Equipment (PUWER)
Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (UK)
Company’s should be committed to providing a safe place and safe systems of work. Since uncontrolled hazards associated with plant could have serious and even fatal consequences for employees and others, the maintenance of and adherence to a safe systems of work for controlling plant risks as a safety-critical element of its overall safety program.
No plant or equipment shall be operated without the relevant licence from the appropriate statutory authority, unless under the supervision of a competent authorized person using a current log book, or unless an appropriate internal assessment has been made and documented where no statutory licensing is required.
Sample plant safety checklist
- A plant policy is in place
- Management is committed to the objectives of the policy
- Sufficient resources have been provided to ensure that the objectives of the policy are met
- Staff at all levels are aware of, and understand, the policy
- A purchasing specification is in place which requires designers and manufacturers to:
- – undertake risk management for plant which they design/manufacture
- – provide relevant information on health and safety related to the plant which they design/manufacture
- The purchasing specification also requires suppliers to forward a copy of the designer’s/manufacturer’s risk management/health and safety information for the plant which they supply
- A register of all plant used in the workplace has been compiled and is kept available for inspection by employees and their representatives
- Procedures are in place to ensure the competence and, where appropriate, the qualification of people (including contractors) who undertake installation, modification and repairs to any plant related to workplace operations
- A system for maintaining records for plant has been set up which includes information about registered designs and contains all information required to be kept in relation to registered plant
- Training in the safe operating procedures for working on, or with, plant has been given to everyone who:
- – uses, or performs work on, any item of plant
- – undertakes risk management activities in relation to plant
- – issues permits to work
- – designs and lays out the workplace (including those who plan and implement modifications to any part of the workplace)
- – manages and/or supervises people working on plant (including any contractors)
- – maintains equipment used for, and during, the performance of tasks associated with plant
- – purchases, distributes, fits, wears and/or maintains personal protective equipment used to protect people from hazards associated with plant
- The protocols for testing and maintaining plant have been agreed and incorporated into written procedures.
- Relevant employees and their supervisors are regularly consulted on health and safety issues related to plant safety
- Adequate protective equipment to safely undertake work on, or with, plant is provided, with written protocols for its inspection, maintenance and use.