Safety of workplace machinery, equipment and tools
Types of work equipment in safety law
Employers must ensure that all work equipment is safe and doesn't pose a hazard or risk to employee health.
Workplace equipment in industry sectors
Many industry sectors use workplace equipment. This includes those using heavy machinery, such as:
The rules also apply to all other workplaces, such as:
- engineering businesses
- car repair services
Employers must ensure that those using equipment have enough knowledge and training to use it safely.
Examples of workplace equipment
The regulations cover many types of equipment, including:
- manufacturing - including welding tools, production lines, furnaces, machine tools, circular saws, power presses and lifting equipment
- building and construction - items such as hand-held power tools, ladders, hammers, drills, knives and screwdrivers
- offices - items such as computers and photocopiers
- workplace and off-road vehicles - including dumper and forklift trucks, tractors, rail and road haulage vehicles
Equipment with moving parts and some kind of drive unit is normally known as machinery. Download buying new machinery guidance (PDF, 110K).
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