Venue Safety: PUWER Regulations Explained

If you're a venue operator, ensuring compliance with all applicable health and safety legislation is part of your responsibilities. 

Improving the safety of your employees, visitors, and the public is vital, and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 play a crucial role in this responsibility. The PUWER regulations cover a wide range of work equipment, including the static or fixed mechanical devices commonly found in event spaces like theatres, conference centres, and schools. 

This blog provides helpful examples of how the PUWER regulations apply to to static or fixed mechanical equipment, explaining how they could impact you, your equipment, and your safety protocols. 

Understanding PUWER: What You Need to Know 

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, commonly referred to as PUWER, cover a wide range of work equipment, including electrical and mechanical devices. PUWER mandates that all equipment provided for use at work must be: 

  • Suitable for its intended use 
  • Safe for use 
  • Regularly inspected 
  • Maintained in a safe condition 

 As a venue operator it’s important that you take the time to properly understand how you ensure you are complying with the requirements of the PUWER regulations and ensure you have a suitable safety management regime.  

How PUWER Could Impact Your Role and Responsibilities 

As a venue owner, operator, or manager, you're responsible for the health and safety of your employees, visitors, and the public. Every organisation has designated Duty Holders, as defined by Law. If you're a Duty Holder, it’s crucial to understand and ensure compliance with PUWER and all other relevant health and safety legislation. 

The Potential Impacts of Non-Compliance with PUWER 

Failing to conduct appropriate PUWER risk assessments and resulting actions can have serious consequences for duty holders and venue operators: 

  • Without proper risk assessments, you cannot guarantee that the work equipment is suitable for its intended task or is safe for use. 
  • Regular and detailed inspections by a trained and competent person are likely to be a key measure identified in your risk assessment to help fulfil your duty of care obligations. 

Compliance with PUWER and other health and safety regulations benefits you by: 

  • Improving the safety of employees and the public 
  • Avoiding legal repercussions such as heavy penalties, fines, civil claims, criminal charges, and even imprisonment 

PUWER and Your Equipment 

Here are just a few examples of static mechanical equipment in your performance venue which is likely covered by the PUWER regulations (please note that this is not an exhaustive list): 

  • Fixed Wall/Overhead lighting rigs 
  • Suspension brackets/clamps 
  • Internally Wired Bars (IWBs) 
  • Lighting Brackets/Stands 
  • Speaker Brackets/Stands 
  • Projector Bracket/Stands 
  • Studio Rails 
  • Ground Support Truss 

To ensure compliance with PUWER, it’s vital to arrange regular inspections to assess the condition of the equipment and enable appropriate maintenance, repair or replacement decisions to be taken. If you're unsure whether your equipment falls under the PUWER regulations, we’re here to help – give us a call.

Learn More and Get Help 

Contact our specialist Inspection and Testing team on 03330 142 102 for advice and a quote on PUWER mechanical inspections. Let us help you navigate the regulations and safeguard your venue effectively. 

By staying informed and compliant with PUWER, you contribute to creating a safer environment for everyone involved. Take proactive steps today to ensure the continued safety and functionality of your equipment and venue. 


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