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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Are You Ready? WEEE Directive Full Implementation Starts 15-Aug-18

Processing of waste electrical and electronic materials

image: Advanced Recycling Machines Many manufacturers selling industrial products into the EU market have come to understand at least one of the environmental protection Directives, RoHS – the “Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances.” In this post, I’m going to be looking at another environmental directive: WEEE – the “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” Directive (2012/19/EU).…

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Safety Label Format Solutions for Solving Complex Messaging Challenges

Safety label on a roller conveyor

Safety Label Messaging Basics Safety label design follows three principles: Identify the hazard Identify the likely degree of injury that could occur Instruct the reader about ways to avoid injury Designing warnings seems a simple task. However, users may not be English speaking or literate. Depending on the jurisdictions where your product will be marketed, like…

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Brexit Update – CE Marking and the UK

Brexit: UK and EU Flags against a blue sky

I recently read a press release by UKAS, the UK’s accreditation body, regarding their ongoing discussions with the UK government regarding the impact that BREXIT could have on UK accreditation. As mentioned by Douglas Florence in a recent discussion on LinkedIn, it’s possible that if not handled well things could end up in a bit…

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Translation Bafflement

I’ve been noticing a trend with some of my clients that I am having a really hard time understanding – maybe a reader can help me get this… A basic requirement in the EU is that manuals and other information a manufacturer provides to their customer be provided in the official language of the country…

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