KEY REVISION POINTS
The defi nition of work equipment … The legal requirements for the supply and use of work equipment … The safe use and maintenance of work equipment … The hazards and controls related to hand-held tools … Examples of mechanical and non-mechanical machinery hazards … Hierarchy of measures to reduce the risks of injury from work equipment … Practical safeguards and their application to a range of machines … The construction requirements of guards … GENERAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK EQUIPMENT
There are two types of law affecting work equipment:
■ equipment supply law – designed to prevent barriers to trade – The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, and
■ equipment user law – designed to protect people at work – The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.