Nail Gun’s are used widely across many sectors within the Construction Industry and with good reason. A nail gun is a piece of work equipment that can increase efficiency and ease of a job, however with all pieces of work equipment, there are health & safety obligations that need to be considered.
Nail Guns fall under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 regulation often abbreviated to PUWER. PUWER places duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment, whether owned by them or not.
PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
- suitable for the intended use
- safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate
- used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training
- accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls. These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings and warning devices
- used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses
Eastern Region Training offer an Online Training course to help you ensure that you and your workforce and suitable trained and compliant with relevant legislation. Our online courses are interactive, take approximately 2 hours to complete and upon completion the successful candidate receives an Eastern Region Training certificate, you can view the course here
If you require any further guidance on the safe use of Nail Guns, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01473 830255.