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Who should attend?
Employers, employees, the self-employed and any persons who use lifting equipment or have the responsibility of controlling lifting equipment

What is and what isn’t covered.

Strength & Stability
Lifting equipment and its load must have adequate strength and stability for its anticipated use.

Lifting Persons
Equipment used for lifting people must be such as to prevent people being crushed, trapped, struck or falling from the carrier.

Positioning & Installation
Permanent lifting equipment must be installed and mobile lifting equipment must be positioned in such a way as to reduce the risk of the equipment or a load striking a person, or from a load drifting, falling freely, or being released unintentionally.

Lifting equipment must be clearly marked to indicate its safe working load (SWL).

Lifting Operations
Every lifting operation must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

Examination & Inspection
The extent of examinations and inspections will depend on an assessment of the risks based on the type of lifting equipment, where it is installed and how it is to be used.

Reports & Defects
Competent persons conducting a thorough examination or inspection should notify the employer as soon as possible of any serious and significant defects found in lifting equipment.

Keeping Information
Reports of thorough examinations, the current record of inspection and other documents, should be readily available to inspectors from the relevant enforcing authority.

The PUWER Regulations aim to make working life safer for everyone using and coming into contact with equipment: employers and employees, contractors, suppliers, and others. Like all regulations, they need to be studied closely. The words have been chosen carefully and sometimes have a precise legal meaning. At other times, you need to interpret the Regulations according to your own situation.
The guidance aims to clarify when terms are used precisely and when you need to interpret and apply the requirements of a regulation to your situation.
Where the regulation is new or has changed significantly in 1998,
you will see this symbol. This has been done to help those who
are already familiar with the previous regulations to identify the
new material.
Who it’s for
The main groups for whom this guidance is intended are:
n local authority health and safety inspectors, for example environmental health and safety officers and technical officers;
n health and safety enforcement officers;
n health and safety professionals providing health and safety services within medium to large companies, for example health and safety officers and health and safety training personnel;
n HSE inspectors; and
n legal professionals.


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