Essentials of Work Equipment Risk Assessment

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Work Equipment Risk Assessment Training

This online training creates awareness of various hazards associated with the usage of work equipment. It also explores ways to identify such hazards and actions to control such hazards.

Many serious hazards are associated with the use of work equipment and machinery. Employers have legal duties regarding the variety of tools and equipment that their employees use to protect them from risks of injuries.

Related Courses

Human Focus offers the list of following online training courses under the work equipment toolkit:

Objectives of this Online Course

The prime objective of this work equipment risk assessment online training is to make trainees aware of the dangers associated with work equipment and the precautionary measures to keep themselves and others safe while working with work equipment.

Why this Work Equipment Risk Assessment Course is Vital

Every year, workers face numerous accidents from using work equipment in the industrial environment. Many are serious and even fatal. Using the well-maintained equipment operated by a trained workforce can help minimise accidents, personal and financial costs.

Employers who provide work equipment to workers must ensure it is safe for the intended use. The key legislation that covers the safety of work equipment includes Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

PUWER is built on the general duty of Health & Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) for ensuring the health and safety of employees as far as practically possible, and on the specific duty of Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for assessing and controlling risks.

Work Equipment Risks

There are many hazards associated with the use of work equipment. Some work equipment risk assessment examples include:

  • Drawing in hazards – workers may be drawn into rollers, and belts of a machinery
  • Entanglement hazards – workers can become entangled in machinery
  • Crushing hazards – workers can be crushed by work equipment moving parts
  • Shearing hazards – workers can be cut by moving blades or sharp machinery
  • Puncture hazards – workers can be punctured by sharp machinery
  • Friction hazards – workers can come into contact with moving surfaces that cause friction injuries
  • Electrical hazards – electrical faults in equipment may lead to electrocution
  • Temperature hazards – parts of machinery can get hot or cold enough causing burns or scalds

Prerequisites

This health and safety online training requires

  • No prior subject knowledge
  • Prior course certification

Course Content of Work Equipment Risk Assessment Training

The trainees participating in this online course will explore the following sections:

  • Spotting the Hazard
  • Risk Controls

Who is this Course for?

This risk assessment for tools and equipment training is designed for anyone tasked with undertaking work equipment risk assessments, as well as employees that would benefit from understanding the process in an industrial environment.

Why Choose Human Focus For Work Equipment Risk Assessment Course?

Human Focus online course is:

  • IIRSM approved
  • Video-based
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
  • Easy to track training record
  • Self-paced
  • Multiple end test resits

Course Format

Format: 100% online

 Course length: 8+ Minutes

  • Single – module
  • Mini-quizzes
  • Knowledge test at the end of course

 Knowledge Test 

The knowledge test is a pass or fail assessment that requires users to achieve at least an 80% score. The users are given two attempts to pass the test.

Certificate

On completion of this online course, users will receive IIRSM approved certificate. It will be sent via email in PDF format.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are work equipment?

Work equipment is any machinery, tool, apparatus, or appliance used for work purposes. Also, tools and equipment workers use for their use at work. Examples of work equipment include things such as ladders, drilling machines, power presses, circular saws, computers, pens and pencils, lifting equipment and dumper trucks.

What are your responsibilities regarding the equipment you use at work?

If you use equipment at work, you are responsible to:

  • Cooperate with your employer on health and safety matter
  • Follow health and safety instructions and report hazards, if any
  • Attend required training on the use of work equipment safely
  • Perform safety checks before use
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment for safety
  • Operate the machinery following the manufacturer’s instruction for the use of equipment

What is the difference between LOLER and PUWER?

LOLER and PUWER both refer to work equipment. PUWER regulations place a duty on business owners to keep employees safe who use work equipment and the state whose responsibility it is for maintaining safety standards. PUWER covers all work equipment

Similar to PUWER, LOLER regulations ensure that businesses take responsibility for their lifting equipment and that it is supervised by properly trained workers for ensuring safety.

What is a PUWER inspection and how often should it take place?

PUWER inspection helps to identify defective and damaged machinery underuse and guides how to maintain machinery safely and effectively going forward.

PUWER inspection intervals depend upon the equipment type, associated risks, and the particular equipment underuse. For example, work equipment for outside usage requires frequent inspection due to multiple factors such as corrosion. As per expert opinion, inspections should not exceed 48 months when combined with a comprehensive preventative maintenance system.

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