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The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Suitability of work equipment 4.

  • Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.
  • In selecting work equipment, every employer shall have regard to the working conditions and to the risks to the health and safety of persons which exist in the premises or undertaking in which that work equipment is to be used and any additional risk posed by the use of that work equipment.
  • Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is used only for operations for which, and under conditions for which, it is suitable.
  • In this regulation "suitable" means suitable in any respect which it is reasonably foreseeable will affect the health or safety of any person.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Legal Duties

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to put in place arrangements to control health and safety risks. As a minimum, you should have the processes and procedures required to meet the legal requirements, including:

  • a written health and safety policy (if you employ five or more people);
  • assessments of the risks to employees, contractors, customers, partners, and any other people who could be affected by your activities and record the significant findings in writing (if you employ five or more people). Any risk assessment must be ‘suitable and sufficient’;
  • arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative and protective measures that come from risk assessment;
  • access to competent health and safety advice, for example see the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) at;
  • providing employees with information about the risks in your workplace and how they are protected;
  • instruction and training for employees in how to deal with the risks;
  • ensuring there is adequate and appropriate supervision in place;
  • consulting with employees about their risks at work and current preventative and protective measures

Risk Profiling

Effective leaders and line managers know the risks their organisations face, rank them in order of importance and take action to control them. The range of risks goes beyond health and safety risks to include quality, environmental and asset damage, but issues in one area could impact in another.

Although you may not use these precise terms, you will most likely have built a risk profile that covers:

  • the nature and level of the risks faced by your organisation;
  • the likelihood of adverse effects occurring and the level of disruption;
  • the costs associated with each type of risk;
  • the effectiveness of the controls in place to manage those risks.

HSE guidance on Construction (Design and Management) Regulation 2015 Key elements to securing construction health and safety

The key elements include

  • managing the risks by applying the general principles of prevention;
  • appointing the right people and organisations at the right time;
  • making sure everyone has the information, instruction, training and supervision they need to carry out their jobs in a way that secures health and safety;
  • dutyholders cooperating and communicating with each other and coordinating their work; and
  • consulting workers and engaging with them to promote and develop effective measures to secure health, safety and welfare.