- THE PROVISION AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS. ILLUS...
THE PROVISION AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS. ILLUSTRATE YOUR ESSAY WITH SPECIFIC EXAMPLES.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations were
introduced in 1992 and placed wide-ranging responsibilities for
health and safety in the workplace on employers and employees
alike. The regulations are predominantly aimed at equipment used at
work. These regulations were necessitated by the incessant
accidents in various industries where machineries are the buck of
the useful tools.
According to Pilz consultancy (2003) Health and safety at work has
become a significant issue, and regulations governing the safe
construction and use of machinery have been in force since the
original Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER) came into
effect in January 1997.
There is a legal requirement for companies to comply with this
legislation. Failure to comply with regulation can result in
prosecutions, leading to heavy fines.
NEAR MISS ACCIDENTS
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to
ensure, so far is as reasonably practicable, the safety and welfare
of its employees whilst at work. Other legislation requires
employers to report, investigate and keep a record of accidents
causing injury, dangerous occurrences and occurrences of disease or
Another example of safeguarding moving machinery is the use of
Guard-Operated device with tongue -operated switch. This device
- A circuit-breaking element
- A mechanism which, when operated, causes the circuit-breaking
element to be opened and closed.
A specially shaped part (tongue) is fixed on the guard so that
this tongue cannot be removed. The circuit-breaking element only
ensures the continuity of the circuit when the tongue is inserted
into the detector. When the tongue is withdrawn, it operates in the
positive mode the mechanism which opens the circuit-breaking