PUWER Assessor Training Courses

These courses are ideal for anyone who intends to complete PUWER inspections and PUWER risk assessments.

These PUWER training courses strike a balance between learning and doing by using classroom learning, practical examples and live machine inspection.

We have several options for PUWER training:

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The Courses

PUWER regulations apply to the provision of all work equipment, including mobile and lifting equipment. It applies to all workplaces and work situations where the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW act) applies.

We have several options for PUWER training:

Level 1 PUWER Awareness (non-accredited)

This training is appropriate for managers, supervisors and safety professionals looking for either entry level or revision of the principles of PUWER and machine risk assessment.

Level 2 PUWER Assessor Training (non-accredited)

This training is appropriate for anyone looking for a combination of classroom and supervised practical experience.

Typically this course is attended by engineers being asked to complete PUWER inspections as a part of their role. However, it can also be of great interest to managers, safety professionals and OEMs. This course can be adapted to focus on key issues or types of machine / work equipment.

Level 3 Advanced Award in PUWER Inspection Qualification (accredited by FDQ)

This PUWER training course is very similar to the Level 2 Assessor training. However, as this is an accredited course, it results in the learner (if they pass) acquiring a qualification from the FDQ.

This 3 day course, involves a mixture of classroom learning, theory assessment and carrying out a practical risk assessment on an industrial machine. The qualification is designed to assess the skills and understanding of the learner to inspect work equipment in accordance with PUWER 98, in a learning environment.

In relation to achievement of this qualification, the learner is expected to spend an estimated number of 13.5 hours in personal study. Additional learning will be recommended upon admission to the course…

Click here to read more about our Level 3 Advanced Award in PUWER Inspection Qualification

This will address the following areas:

  • Basic knowledge of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASAWA)
  • Basic knowledge of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98)
  • Basic knowledge of the BS EN Standards referenced by PUWER
  • Basic knowledge and experience of Risk Assessment
  • Basic knowledge of Community Requirements (CE)
  • Basic knowledge of RiskMach Survey App (Free download available)

Who should attend?

It is ideal for those with technical responsibilities in the workplace including engineers, technicians, team leaders, supervisors and health and safety practitioners.

What are the learning outcomes?

Learning Outcome 1

Carry out inspections and report findings in accordance with PUWER 98 guidance

Learning Outcome 2

Understand the requirements and implementation of PUWER 98

Learning Outcome 3

Understand the principles of risk assessment as a result of PUWER 98 inspections

Learning Outcome 4

Understand how to identify control measures using hierarchy of control and European Standards

Where can I attend?

You have two options. You can either:

  • Option 1) Attend the course at our training centre in Tamworth, Staffordshire and choose a date by clicking this link to suit you.
  • Option 2) Attend the course at your own site (on the understand there will be a minimum of 4 delegates attending from your organisation)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements for PUWER training?

In order to benefit from this training the attendees will require the following:

  • - A basic understanding of how machinery works in your chosen industry
  • - A basic understanding of how machinery is operated and maintained in your chosen industry
  • - A basic understanding of safety management systems and how they contribute to risk reduction i.e. SSoW, SOPs, Permits to Work.

Note: A PUWER inspection may be completed by more than one individual. At least one of those individuals will have technical competence in mechanical, electrical and control system design.

What are the learning outcomes for each course?

On completion of this course attendees will be able to:

Understand how PUWER 98 relates to the Health and Safety at Work Act and other statutory requirements (L1 L2 L3)

There are many pieces of legislation that work together, at times overlapping, to form the legal landscape that machine safety exists within.

Understand the PUWER 98 ACOP and its intent with regards to safe machinery (L1 L2 L3)

The ACOP is 90+ pages but all the guidance should be taken in the context of the intent.

Understand when a PUWER Inspection is required, what the scope of inspection should be and what the limits are when making changes to the machine (L2 L3)

When, where, who, what, how.

Use examples to complete a simulated inspection of a machine including hazard identification (L2 L3)

We have structured exercises that break the process in to bite size pieces to aid learning.

Complete risk estimation individually and as a team (L2 L3)

There are literally hundreds of standards applicable to machine safety. We will identify some of the main safety standards common to most machines and show how these are applied in practical examples, using the simple control hierarchy from PUWER 98.

Apply a consistent rationale on Reasonably Practicable Vs. Practicable (L2 L3)

Dangerous moving parts are governed by ‘where practicable’ the rest of the ACOP is where ‘reasonably practicable’. We will show you what this means in practice and some of the inconsistencies in comparison to the CE marking conformity process.

Demonstrate understanding through a written assessment (L3)

We have online written assessments using practical examples that can be used to measure understanding and contribute towards evidence of competence.

Obtain an accredited qualification in PUWER inspection and PUWER risk assessment (L3)

Accredited (regulated) qualifications are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards. The advantage of accredited (regulated) qualifications over a 'training course' is that the accredited option provides you with a guarantee of quality.

What does the programme contain?

Regulations 1 to 9 (excluding 6)

Policies and Procedures

Regulation 6

Inspection

Regulation 7

Specific Risk

Regulation 10

Conformity with Community requirements

Regulation 11

Dangerous parts of machinery

Regulation 12

Protection against specified hazards

Regulation 13

High or very low temperature

Regulation 14

Controls for starting or making a significant change in operating conditions

Regulation 15

Stop controls

Regulation 16

Emergency stop controls

Regulation 17

Controls

Regulation 18

Control systems

Regulation 18

Control systems

Regulation 19

Isolation from sources of energy

Regulation 20

Stability

Regulation 21

Lighting

Regulation 22

Maintenance operations

Regulation 23

Markings

Regulation 24

Warnings

Who are the recommended delegates?

This PUWER training courseis recommended for all operations, maintenance, engineering, technical support and health and safety professionals involved in risk assessment and risk management, including leadership and management who are working with Machinery Safety.

This PUWER Training course is invaluable to any person or company looking to train for competency in PUWER inspection.

Where and How?

This PUWER Training course begins in the classroom at venues to suit you. We frequently run courses at our clients' locations outside and within the UK including London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester. The course includes inspection of machines that you have on site. Alternatively, the course can be modified to include task based learning activities in the work place.

What are the benefits of our courses?

Your managers, engineers, technicians, team leaders and health and safety professionals will be able to ensure that statutory requirements for inspection are met and that the risks on work equipment are identified and controlled in line with best practice and the law. This may avoid an accident in the future but will also provide evidence of systematic risk assessment and risk reduction which, in the event of a claim following an accident, would drastically reduce your company’s contributory negligence.

“We received a really good comprehensive explanation of PUWER and generally the standards which are applicable in our daily work. We are now competent to investigate further to improve our processes”

Balint Koszta - Design Rig Engineer, Dyson Ltd