This free half-day workshop is to enhance end user’s awareness of two sets of Regulations that often get overlooked.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations are the responsibility of the employer to implement at their workplace. It is derived from the Use of Work Equipment Directive and is implemented into UK law by this Regulation. It is better to have conducted an Inspection under Regulation 6 to identify potential unsafe equipment and formula an action plan, rather than not do anything and claim ignorance. The type of inspection conducted depends on the complexity of the work equipment. The management application of PUWER is covered under Regulations 4 to 10 and looks at the suitability of the work equipment, the frequency of inspections by competent persons and training to the people operating and maintaining the work equipment amongst other requirements. Regulations 11 to 24 is what is more commonly applied to work equipment as these relate mainly to the physical installation of the equipment to ensure that it is safe for use.
PUWER applies to all work equipment regardless of age. There can be no excuse for not having a safe place of work for your employees.
EMF protection for employees was introduced in July 2016. This is derived from the Physical Agents Directive and implemented into UK law by CEMFAW (Control of Electro Magnetic Fields at Work) Regulations 2016. This requires employers to conduct risk assessments at work on items capable of emitting EMF that could cause harm. It also requires the employers to protect ‘persons at risk’ such as people with active implanted medical devices, passive implanted medical devices, pregnant workers etc. who can be affected by lower levels of radiation whilst at work. Whilst most ordinary equipment may be deemed as safe, there may also be some equipment or electrical distribution networks across your site that are capable of emitting levels of radiation above allowable limits. Manufacturers data can be used to determine the levels emitted by new equipment but this does not cover older equipment or equipment that has deteriorated through use. By identifying equipment with the potential to emit higher levels of EMF radiation, a test plan can be formulated that can provide accurate readings, allowing the right control measures to be implemented.
Even though EMF protection is a relatively new regulation, it again applies to all equipment, regardless of age, and is the responsibility of the user to implement.
Dates: Tuesday 16th October
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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