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The latest edition of the Code of Practice was published in November 2012.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires,

every employer to ensure that work equipment is suitable for the purpose for

which it is provided, only used in the place and under the provisions for which it is



It also requires every employer to ensure work equipment be efficiently maintained

and kept fit and suitable for its intended purpose. It must not be allowed to

deteriorate in function or performance to such a level that it puts people at risk. This

means that regular, routine and planned maintenance regimes must be considered.

"It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to comply with the

provisions of the Regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his



It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:


(a) to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable and duty placed

on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with: and


(b) to comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to

matters which are within his control."