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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Q & A: Category 2 and Testing Intervals

Logical block diagram for ISO 13849-1 Category 2 architecture.
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Q&A

Dur­ing the Free Safety Talks that we did with Schmersal Canada and Frank­lin Empire, we had a “hot ques­tion” come up regard­ing Cat­egory 2 archi­tec­ture and the test­ing inter­val require­ment. In the short video below, Doug answers that ques­tion. If you have more ques­tions or felt some­thing was­n’t clear in the video, leave us a com­ment and…

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Five reasons you should attend our Free Safety Talks

Banner for the Free Safety Talks

Reas­on #1 – Free Safety Talks You can­’t argue with Free Stuff! Last week we partnered with Schmersal Canada and Frank­lin Empire to put on three days of Free Safety Talks. We had full houses in all three loc­a­tions, Wind­sor, Lon­don and Cam­bridge, with nearly 60 people par­ti­cip­at­ing. We had two great presenters who helped…

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CSA Z432 Safeguarding of Machinery – 3rd Edition

If you build machinery for the Cana­dian mar­ket, or if you modi­fy equip­ment in Cana­dian work­places, you will be famil­i­ar with CSA Z432, Safe­guard­ing of Machinery. This stand­ard has been around since 1992, with the last major revi­sion pub­lished in 2004. CSA has recon­vened the Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee respons­ible for this import­ant stand­ard to revise the…

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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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Retained fastenings for fixed guards

If you are build­ing machinery that will be CE marked or is sub­ject to the EU Machinery Dir­ect­ive, you need to read this art­icle at MachineBuilding.net This art­icle reviews some of the retained fasten­ings that are avail­able for use on fixed machine guards, as required by the new Machinery Dir­ect­ive 2006/42/EC and the guard­ing stand­ard…

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Reader Question: Multiple E‑Stops and Resets

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I had an inter­est­ing ques­tion come in from a read­er today that is rel­ev­ant to many situ­ations: “When you have mul­tiple E‑Stop but­tons I have often got­ten into an argu­ment that says you can have a reset beside each one. I was taught that you were required to have a single point of reset. Who is cor­rect?” — Michael Barb,…

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BSI Publishes New Guide to Machinery Safety

BSI pub­lishes a new guide on the applic­a­tion of 2006/42/EC and the PUWER regs. If you are UK based or export to the UK mar­ket you need this guide.

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Interlocked gate testing

Did you know that inter­locked gates require stop­ping per­form­ance test­ing?

Machinery needs to be able to stop in the time it takes a per­son to open the guard and reach the haz­ard. If the dis­tance from the guard open­ing to the haz­ard is short enough that a per­son can reach the danger point before the haz­ard can be con­trolled, the guard is use­less. The res­ult­ing situ­ation may be worse

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