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The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (PUWER) place a duty on employers to protect employees' safety through the proper selection and use of work equipment. The risks to people’s health and safety, from equipment that they use at work, must be prevented or controlled.
Any equipment which is used by an employee at work is covered, for example, hammers, knives, ladders, drilling machines, power presses, circular saws, photocopiers, lifting equipment (including lifts), dumper trucks and motor vehicles. Similarly, if you allow employees to provide their own equipment, it too will be covered by the Regulation, and you will need to make sure it complies.
In general terms, the regulations require that equipment provided for use at work is:
If you are an employer or self-employed person and you provide equipment for use at work, or if you have control of the use of work equipment, then the regulations will apply to you.
You must ensure that the work equipment you provide meets the requirements of the Regulation. In doing so, you should ensure that it is:
OH&S Risk Assessments
Supplier Guidelines and Recommendations
Policies and Procedures
Training and Awareness
CE/UKCA Marked Equipment
Declaration of Conformity
Maintenance, Servicing and Inspection Records
Exemption for the armed forces
36.—(1) The Secretary of State for Defence may, in the interests of national security, by a certificate in writing exempt any of the home forces, any visiting force or any headquarters from any requirement or prohibition imposed by these Regulations and any such exemption may be granted subject to conditions and to a limit of time and may be revoked by the said Secretary of State by a certificate in writing at any time.
(2) In this regulation—
(a)“the home forces” has the same meaning as in section 12(1) of the Visiting Forces Act 1952(19);
(b)“headquarters” has the same meaning as in Article 3(2) of the Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1965(20);
(c)“visiting force” has the same meaning as it does for the purposes of any provision of Part I of the Visiting Forces Act 1952.
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