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.

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
Level 2 - PUWER Assessor Training
Level 3 - PUWER Inspection and Machine Risk Assessment Qualification accredited by the FDQ.

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 PUWER Inspection and Machine Risk Assessment Qualification accredited by the

This training feels much like the level 2 course in that it is a mix of classroom and supervised practical learning. Typically attended by engineers required to conduct PUWER inspections, other attendees include managers, safety professionals and OEMs. As with the level 2 course, there is a degree of flexibility to address unique issues or specific types of machines and equipment.

This is a 3 day course. You have two options;

  • Choose a venue on our website to complete the two day classroom based training and the 3rd day will take place at your workplace.


  • The 3 day course takes place at your workplace (including the classroom based training). Please note; there is a 5 person minimum for this option.

Both the level 2 and level 3 options include the use of RiskMach to help you become an expert PUWER Assessor using the latest in Apps and web based systems. To learn more bout how RiskMach can help support you visit the website.

RiskMach - Web Based Machine Risk Assessment Tool

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.
(LI 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)

It is important to be consistent in risk estimation and this is usually completed, or at least moderated, in teams. You will learn the philosophy behind risk estimation so that a given change in situation results in a given change in risk estimation.

Identify control measures in line with the Hierarchy of Control and EN standards.
(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.

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.

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.

Programme Content

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 19

- Isolation from sources of energy

Regulation 20

- Stability

Regulation 21

- Lighting

Regulation 22

- Maintenance operations

Regulation 23

- Markings

Regulation 24

- Warnings

The Delegates

This PUWER Training course is 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.

The Benefits

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.

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