In some industrial situations involving supply and modification of work equipment, CE-marking is not applicable. There are nevertheless requirements under PUWER and the Health and Safety at Work Act, which place obligations on employers to ensure equipment is safe to use.
Once work equipment enters service the CE marking directives cease to apply to it and work equipment regulations become applicable. PUWER is the general work equipment regulation but there are other special regulations that apply to specific types of work equipment such as lifting equipment, pressure equipment and equipment for use in explosive atmospheres as well as to specific risks such as radiation, hazardous substances, work at height or in confined spaces, asbestos, etc.
The role of Conformance Ltd. in assisting you with PUWER will be to advise you as
to what your legal obligations are and to perform an evaluation of the equipment
and its associated documentation.
PUWER has requirements for:
- equipment for use at work,
- persons using it such as employees and self‐employed persons
- any person providing or having control over work equipment such as employers, managers, supervisors, self‐employed persons and hire companies.
PUWER requires equipment to be:
- suitable, safe and properly maintained at all times.
- inspected prior to use, at suitable intervals and after moving or modification, if
- Used and maintained by authorised, trained persons only if it presents specific
- Provided with adequate safety information and instructions.
When modifying equipment that has already been in service, PUWER requires
equipment to continue complying with its requirements. Once modifications are complete, equipment should be assessed against those requirements before it is returned to service. If the equipment was properly CE marked initially then only those aspects, which are changed made need to be assessed.