The main legislation covering work equipment is The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The definition of work equipment is very wide and includes any machinery appliance, apparatus or hand tool. Examples include laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, office equipment such as guillotines, workshop equipment such as air compressors, lifting slings, portable drills, grounds maintenance equipment and mobile work equipment.
The Regulations cover two aspects of safety in relation to work equipment:
Management issues – selection and suitability, maintenance, information, instruction and training
Physical characteristics - machinery guarding, other specified hazards, extremes of temperature, controls, isolation, stability, lighting, markings and warnings.
Suppliers of work equipment also have a duty to design equipment in compliance with these regulations.
The University Policy and Management Guidance on the use of work equipment can be found by clicking on the following links
Separate guidance is available for work equipment such as lifting equipment, pressure systems, woodworking machinery, forklift trucks and work at height equipment.