Work equipment is any machinery, appliance, apparatus, tool or installation for use at work (whether exclusively or not).

It also includes equipment which people provide for their own use at work.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires work equipment to be:

  • suitable for the intended use
  • safe for use, properly maintained and regularly inspected to ensure correct installation and that it doesn't show signs of deterioration
  • used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
  • fitted with suitable health and safety measures as necessary, such as protective devices and controls including
    • emergency stop devices,
    • adequate means of isolation from sources of energy,
    • clearly visible markings and warning devices
  • used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses

Some equipment must also comply with additional health and safety legislation, for example

This toolkit also contains guidance on buying and building new equipment, equipment maintenance selling and dispoosal of old equipment, overnight running of School equipment and details of statutory inspections.

Display screen equipment has a dedicated toolkit.