EC Machinery Working Group meets

From our friends at MachineBuilding​.net.

It is now more than a year since the new Machinery Directive (2006/​42/​EC) came into force, but the situ­ation is still fairly flu­id in some respects. The EC Machinery Working Group meets reg­u­larly to dis­cuss mat­ters relat­ing to the Directive and cor­res­pond­ing stand­ards; the last meet­ing took place on 21/​22 December. According to the Stakeholder Report pub­lished in the UK by BIS (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills), a num­ber of issues were dis­cussed, which demon­strates that the Machinery Directive is not as ‘black and white’ as might be expec­ted.

For example, EN 12635 (Industrial, com­mer­cial and gar­age doors and gates – Installation and use) is cur­rently har­mon­ised to the Machinery Directive, but the UK has raised a form­al objec­tion against this stand­ard, as it would appear that there is scope for improve­ment. Other top­ics under dis­cus­sion ranged from vari­able reach trucks, tail lifts and load­er cranes, to stave split­ters, dynamo­met­ers and ‘grey’ imports of machinery.

If you would like more inform­a­tion, cop­ies of the cur­rent and pre­vi­ous Stakeholder Reports are avail­able in PDF format from the UK Department of Business Information & Skills (BIS) web site.

Machinery Directive stake­hold­er report: February 2011 (PDF, 81 Kb)

Machinery Directive Working Group held on 1 – 2 June 2010, Brussels (PDF, 56 Kb)

Author: Doug Nix

+DougNix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Managing Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog.

Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity.

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  • Wouter

    F.e. if you buy a gar­age door open­er and install it your­self to your gar­age, you are a man­u­fac­turer and will have to declare con­form­ity along with all the neces­sary paper­work, tech­nic­al file etc etc. And think you are done? No, as you will be using it or hand­ing the remote to your wife, you will need to make sure that the open­er is safe to use (also for your wife). In The Netherlands that’s called mak­ing a Risc ana­lys­is and Evaluation. I guess the rules need to adapt to that sort of situ­ations..