Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

SafeMech are experts in the EU CE marking Machinery Directive. We can advise you on how to achieve conformity with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) of the Directive and we can help you compile the Technical File which supports your Declaration of Conformity with the EHSRs.

The Machinery Directive is the primary CE marking Directive for machinery sold into the EU. The Directive defines a fairly long list of Essential Health and Safety Requirements which machinery must meet.

The Essential Health and Safety requirements are a list of requirements which all machinery supplied into the EU must meet. They cover the obvious subjects such as guarding  and safety related control systems, but also less obvious aspects such as noise, dust and means of access. they also cover contents of instructions for use and markings on the machinery.

In many cases, the details of how to achieve conformity with the requirements of the Directive can be found in Harmonised EN standards. C type standards gives requirements for specific classes of machinery. B type standards cover generic aspects which apply to many classes of machinery.

Safemach can provide information about whether your products are within the scope of the Directive. We can suggest the most efficient compliance strategy for your products.

Frequently asked Questions

Q. What aspects of machinery do the EHSRs cover?
A. The Essential Health and Safety requirements are a list of requirements which all machinery supplied into the EU must meet. They cover the obvious subjects such as guarding  and safety related control systems, but also less obvious aspects such as noise, dust and means of access. they also cover contents of instructions for use and markings on the machinery.

Q. What type of machinery are covered by the Machinery Directive?
A. Most types of powered machinery from small hand tools, through to large and complicated machine tools and special purpose machines are covered. Both Industrial and Consumer products are covered, although many "white goods" fall into the scope of another Directive, The Low Voltage Directive. There are some exemptions and some special cases.

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