The School has a duty to ensure that there arrangements in place to comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). These regulations are far-reaching and cover any equipment or articles used at work, from a chair to a stepladder. Line managers will ensure that work equipment used by staff reporting to them is suitable for the purpose and in good working order. Where applicable, line managers will ensure that equipment is used in accordance with the manufacturer's or supplier's instructions and where necessary receive sufficient instruction and training in the safe use of equipment.
When deciding what equipment to purchase, line managers should seek to ensure that the equipment is fit for purpose and where applicable conforms to relevant British or EU standards.
When purchasing major items, managers should seek advice from the Estates Office regarding need for access, floor loading, power and water supplies, alterations, maintenance etc.