Machinery Safety 101

EU Machinery Directive Public Review

Rule books stacked up on a table in a library.

If you ship machinery products to the EU the Machinery Dir­ect­ive affects you. You have a chance to con­trib­ute to the review of this document.

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An update on CE Marking Electrical Cable

CE Mark­ing Wire and Cable In an earli­er post, I wrote about the require­ments for CE Mark­ing wire and cable and dis­cussed the <HAR> mark. In 2016, the Con­struc­tion Products Reg­u­la­tion 305/2011…

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ISO 13849 – 1 Analysis — Part 6: CCF — Common Cause Failures

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series How to do a 13849 – 1 analysis

Post updated 2019-07-24. Ed. What is a “Com­mon Cause Fail­ure”? There are two sim­il­ar-sound­ing terms that people often get con­fused: Com­mon Cause Fail­ure (CCF) and Com­mon Mode Fail­ure. While these… 

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Five things you need to know about CE Marked Wire and Cable

A picture showing a selection of wire and cable products

Wire is simple right? Maybe not! Here are the top five things to know when select­ing wire and cable products for use in designs that will be CE Marked: Wire… 

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CE Marking Wire and Cable – Necessity or Luxury?

A picture showing a selection of wire and cable products

CE Mark­ing of wire and cable is com­plex for two reas­ons: There are wire or cable products, like power cord assem­blies or pre-made eth­er­net cables, and then there is the… 

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Understanding European Declarations of Conformity or Incorporation

Updated 2014-10-29 In order to under­stand the vari­ous types of EU Declar­a­tions, it’s import­ant to first under­stand a bit about the sys­tem that uses them. Two sys­tems of product safety eval­u­ation are… 

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Get the Basics Right!

For more than 15 years I’ve been teach­ing people about risk assess­ment, machinery safety and CE Mark­ing of machinery in private, onsite classes and through present­a­tions at safety con­fer­ences. Things are… 

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New HSE advice on CE marking assemblies of machinery

Guarded machinery in a plant

This post was ori­gin­ally pub­lished on Reprin­ted with per­mis­sion. By Jon Severn, A degree of con­fu­sion sur­rounds the ques­tion of CE mark­ing assem­blies of machinery under the Machinery Dir­ect­ive 2006/42/EC.…

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The Third Level of the Hierarchy: Information for Use

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Hier­archy of Controls

I’ve writ­ten about the Hier­archy of Con­trols in past posts, but I’ve focused on the ‘engin­eer­ing’ side of the con­trol equa­tion: Phys­ic­al changes to machine design to elim­in­ate haz­ards, and… 

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EC Machinery Working Group meets

From our friends at 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.… 

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