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We’re proud to be a leading provider of complete life cycle risk management solutions. From ensuring asset safety and legal compliance with our thorough engineering inspections to driving operational efficiency with our specialist non-destructive testing services, (and much more in between), we’re proud of the long-lasting partnerships we have formed with our customers over the last 160 years, based on the value of our solutions.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)

As an employer or employee, it is important that you are aware of any regulations that may apply to your workplace.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, also known as PUWER, are a set of regulations used in the United Kingdom to make sure work equipment is being used safely. They’re designed to protect the health and safety of employees, as well as anyone who may be affected by using work equipment, including customers.

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Helping our customers to achieve compliance

PUWER applies to a wide range of equipment from all industries in the UK, including anything from machinery and tools to vehicles, appliances, and systems used in the workplace.

These regulations place duties on employers, employees, and the self-employed who work with or around such equipment to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves, and their team, safe. Some of these duties include:

  • Conducting risk assessments to identify potential hazards
  • Making sure equipment is properly maintained and inspected
  • Providing adequate training and information to employees
  • Implementing measures to control risks
  • Also, as part of this, employees are expected to cooperate with their employers, follow safe work practices, and report any equipment defects or hazards that they may find while working.

Ensure complete PUWER compliance and protect your workforce and property with our specialised Equipment Inspections

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We are dedicated to assisting you in protecting your employees and assets through our proficient equipment safety inspections, guaranteeing full compliance with PUWER regulations.

 

The primary way to achieve PUWER compliance is to make sure equipment is being used properly, minimise risks, provide guidelines for proper use of equipment, promote training for employees, and establish safe procedures for controlling hazards. At BES Group, our team of engineer surveyors are accredited, experienced, and qualified to the highest industry standards. Together, we’ll ensure that your machinery and equipment is in full working order with our expert inspection service, with minimal disruption to your daily operations.

How we work with you

Our process at BES Group for an inspection under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) involves:

  1. Identifying the work equipment that needs to be inspected. This step will depend on the specific hazards associated with the work equipment and the activities that are carried out using it.
  2. Creating the plan of inspection. This plan will take into account the scope, the inspection methods, and how frequently the equipment needs to be inspected.
  3. Then, our team of expert engineer surveyors will carry out the inspection in a systematic manner, focusing on hazardous areas in particular.
  4. After each inspection, our engineers will comprise a detailed report of our findings and recommendations in a way that’s simple and clear to understand.
  5. Following this, we’ll work with you to decide on an action plan for rectifying any hazards or faulty equipment found during the inspection. Whether that’s replacing work equipment or implementing new safety measures, no matter what, you’ll be kept up to date at each stage of the process.

With our stringent equipment safety inspections, we can help to ensure that your work equipment is safe to use, your workers are protected from harm, and your business is legally compliant.

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Key benefits of PUWER compliance

Avoid penalties

by following the regulations and implementing best practices, employers can ensure the safety of their employees, reduce the risk of accidents, and avoid legal penalties.

Correct hazards

Inspections under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulation can help to identify and correct any hazards associated with work equipment, such as loose guards, sharp edges, or missing safety features.

Equipment maintenance

Equipment safety inspections under PUWER help to keep equipment in a safe condition, by checking for wear and tear and replacing any damaged parts.

Improve staff awareness

PUWER inspections can help to raise employee awareness of the importance of safety, as employees can learn about the hazards associated with work equipment and how to operate them safely.

Protect your business

By achieving PUWER compliance, businesses can help to protect themselves from liability in the event of an accident, by being able to prove that they have taken steps to reduce the risk of accidents.

Avoid penalties

by following the regulations and implementing best practices, employers can ensure the safety of their employees, reduce the risk of accidents, and avoid legal penalties.

Correct hazards

Inspections under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulation can help to identify and correct any hazards associated with work equipment, such as loose guards, sharp edges, or missing safety features.

Equipment maintenance

Equipment safety inspections under PUWER help to keep equipment in a safe condition, by checking for wear and tear and replacing any damaged parts.

Improve staff awareness

PUWER inspections can help to raise employee awareness of the importance of safety, as employees can learn about the hazards associated with work equipment and how to operate them safely.

Protect your business

By achieving PUWER compliance, businesses can help to protect themselves from liability in the event of an accident, by being able to prove that they have taken steps to reduce the risk of accidents.

Did you know?

37

fatal injuries involving work equipment in the UK took place in 2021/22, according to the HSE

£1.5 million

was charged in fines to a customer by the HSE in 2021/22 for a breach of health and safety regulations.

1,332

enforcement notices were issued to companies for breaches of health and safety regulations by the HSE in 2021/22.

Why choose us

Clear Reporting

Our transparent online reporting system can provide you with an overview of your engineering compliance whenever you need it,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

35,000 satisfied customers

We've built a strong reputation for providing exceptional service to over 35,000 satisfied customers from diverse industries. Our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction has resulted in long-standing partnerships and unwavering trust.

800+ expert engineers

Our team of over 800 skilled engineers possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a range of disciplines. Their deep understanding of your equipment and operating conditions ensures that they deliver proactive solutions that optimise asset performance and minimise downtime

A legacy of 160+ years of experience

With over 160 years of experience in the industry, we've witnessed the evolution of industry practices and have adapted our approach to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Our deep understanding of asset management, compliance and predictive technologies enables us to deliver cutting-edge solutions that drive operational excellence.

Accredited Inspections

Our engineer surveyors are accredited to the highest industry standards, which means we’re well equipped to carry out our complete inspection service offering, no matter your requirements.

Hear what our customers have to say

We care about the journey we take our customers on, but it’s not our word you should be taking, see what our customers think of the service we provided!

The industry requires competence to be demonstrated, typically through UKAS accreditation, which is a prerequisite for many major clients. BES is type A accredited, which is preferred, they can provide highly objective opinions.

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Senior Project Manager

BES is a really disruptive force in the market, they are able to provide a variety of necessary services to their customers and none of the other big players are able to provide that breadth of services.

Industry competitor

We have been with BES for the past 5 years and don’t plan on switching providers. They are very flexible with their services and are able to bring the best inspectors who can deal with on the ground challenges and build real relationships with clients.

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Global Technical Services Manager

The BES inspectors are way more technically competent and diligent compared to other providers. I previously used Allianz, and BES definitely stands out due to their strong technical competence and strong back office support.

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