Machinery Safety 101

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)

3 thoughts on “EC Machinery Working Group meets

  1. 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..

  2. 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..

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