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The provision and use of work equipment regulations was first introduced in 1992 but was replaced by a more update version in 1998. The regulation is often abbreviated to PUWER. The regulation lays down requirements for employees regarding the safety and use of all work equipment including machinery. The main objective of the regulation is to ensure that work equipment should not result in health and safety risks. PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is: suitable for use, and for the purpose and conditions in which it is to be used; maintained in a safe condition for use so that people’s health and safety is not at risk; inspected, in certain circumstances, to ensure that it is and continues to be safe for use. Any inspection should be carried out by a competent person (this could be an employee if they have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to perform the task) and a record kept until the next inspection. taking appropriate ‘hardware’ measures, eg providing suitable guards, protection devices, markings and warning devices, system control devices (such as emergency stop buttons) and personal protective equipment; taking appropriate ‘software’ measures such as following safe systems of work (eg ensuring maintenance is only performed when equipment is shut down etc), and providing adequate information, instruction and training about the specific equipment.
This regulation relates to the beauty industry because we use a range of different equipment to perform our treatments we do in the beauty industry. For example as a beauty therapist some of the equipment we use are magnifying lamps, steamers and infra red lamps. All of this equipment is electrical so it is important that the equipment has been PAT tested so you know that it has been checked to see if its safe to use. Also before using any of the equipment you should ensure that you have checked the equipment is working properly and doesn’t have any broken plugs or wires before using as this could cause a risk to you and your client. Other equipment such as the couches and chairs must be checked to see that they are not broken. For example, if there was a wheel missing on a chair it is your responsibility as a beauty therapist that you identify the risk and make sure you take the measures needed to reduce the hazard and also as an employee report it to your manager so they are aware.
If you were not to follow these regulations it could end up in an employee or even a client being put in danger by the use of unsafe equipment. This could effect your business as it could mean that the person who was put at risk could sue your business as you have put their health and safety in danger and it could even result in your business being shut down as you were unable to comply with the regulations to ensure that work equipment is safe to use.
The provision and use of work equipment regulations effect the beauty industry because as a therapist we have to use lots of different equipment to be able to carry out a treatment, so it is important that the equipment is checked regularly to see that it is still working properly and that it is safe to use. Otherwise if the regulations were not followed and the equipment wasn't safe to use it may cause harm to you as the therapist who is using the equipment or even cause a health and safety risk to client if you were to use it on them.
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