PUWER applies to any equipment which is used by an employee at work, from small hand tools to patient hoists and fork lift trucks. In general terms, the Regulations require employers to ensure that equipment provided for use at work is:
Where the risk assessment under regulation 3 of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (MHWR) has identified a significant risk to the operator or other workers from the installation or use of work equipment, the equipment should be inspected by a competent person:
If the safety of the equipment depends on the installation conditions, it should also be inspected after installation and before being put into service for the first time or after assembly at a new site or new location.
LOLER have specific requirements relating to work equipment which is used for lifting and lowering people or loads. This includes any attachments used to anchor, fix or support the lifting equipment and lifting accessories such as chains, slings, eyebolts, etc. They apply to equipment provided for use by people at work and this has implications for maintenance responsibilities in the home care situation.
The Regulations require the employer to ensure that lifting equipment is:
Additionally, the employer must ensure that:
The intervals for thorough examination of lifting equipment and accessories in use are as follows:
Lifting equipment should also be thoroughly examined:
Reports of thorough examination should be kept for at least two years or until the next thorough examination and should be available for inspection.