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 (CPR) came into effect, repla­cing the Con­struc­tion Products Dir­ect­ive 89/106/EEC. The CPR included pro­vi­sions cov­er­ing any kind of mater­i­als that could be used in…

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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 two types of fail­ures sound sim­il­ar, they are dif­fer­ent. A Com­mon Cause Fail­ure is a fail­ure in a sys­tem where two or more por­tions of the sys­tem fail at…

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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 and cable products sold in the EU must be CE Marked under the Low Voltage Dir­ect­ive, and MAY bear BOTH the CE Mark and the…

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CE Marking Wire and Cable – Necessity or Luxury?

A picture showing a selection of wire and cable products

When I set out to invest­ig­ate the need for CE Marks and <HAR> marks on wire and cable products, I would not have guessed that it would turn out to be as much of an odys­sey as it did. For most products, determ­in­ing the need for a CE Mark is rel­at­ively straight­for­ward, but not for wire and cable…

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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 in wide use glob­ally: Cer­ti­fic­a­tion, and Mark­ing. Under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences between these two sys­tems is import­ant for any­one who gets involved with reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance activ­it­ies.…

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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 about to change! This fall, Com­pli­ance InSight Con­sult­ing will begin offer­ing open-enrol­­ment work­shops in CE Mark­ing, Risk Assess­ment Func­tion­al Safety, and Machinery Safety, all with a focus…

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New HSE advice on CE marking assemblies of machinery

Guarded machinery in a plant

This post was ori­gin­ally pub­lished on machinebuilding.net. Reprin­ted with per­mis­sion. By Jon Severn, machinebuilding.net A degree of con­fu­sion sur­rounds the ques­tion of CE mark­ing assem­blies of machinery under the Machinery Dir­ect­ive 2006/42/EC. To help cla­ri­fy the situ­ation, the HSE (Health and Safety Exec­ut­ive) has pub­lished a new page on its web­site entitled­In situ man­u­fac­ture or assembly of work…

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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 mech­an­ic­al or elec­tric­al con­trol sys­tems that can reduce risk. The first two levels of the Hier­archy, Elimination/Substitution and Engin­eer­ing Con­trols, are typ­ic­ally more chal­len­ging to…

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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.…

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