A guide to Work Equipment

This guide from Barbour EHS focuses on the general requirements for the selection and management of work equipment, although other related legislation is referenced.

Work equipment can cause injury or ill health to workers as a result of faults in the equipment, misuse or over-use or poor equipment selection.

Working at height guideSome of the hazards associated with work equipment include moving parts, sharp parts, part failure, falling objects, extremes of temperature, noise, vibration, electricity, associated hazardous substances, dust explosion, flammable substances, fire and ergonomic hazards.

This guide focuses on the general requirements for the selection and management of work equipment, although other related legislation is referenced. The general requirements for work equipment safety are set out within the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the associated Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

It contains:

  • Legal requirements;
  • Key actions;
  • Key terms;
  • Related documents.

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