Ensure provides consultancy and training primarily on the two pieces of legislation which affect machinery, the Machinery Directive and the Use of Work Equipment Directive, known in the UK as PUWER


 

 

Machinery Directive

Directive:  2006/42/EC

UK Regulations: Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008

Implementation

The legislation in its first form (89/392/EEC) has been in force since 1st January 1993, but was amended in 1992, 1994 and restructured as 98/37EC in 1998.  98/37/EC was replaced by 2006/42/EC on 31st December 2009.

Scope

This legislation applies to manufacturers and suppliers of the following equipment:

  •  Machines
  • Assemblies of machines
  • Interchangeable equipment
  • Safety components
  • Pesticide application equipment

Consultancy issues

  • Definition of an assembly of machines
  • Application to second-hand machines imported into Europe
  • Integrity of safety control systems and components
  •  Application to machines made exclusively for use by the manufacturer
  • Use of Declaration of Incorporation
  • Relationship to European standards
  • Application to high risk machines like robot cells, palletizers and depalletizers

Use of Work Equipment Directive

Directive:  2009/104/EC

UK Regulations: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, amended in 1998 and 2002. Widely referred to as PUWER

Implementation

The legislation has been in force since 1st January 1993, but initially only applied to new equipment.  Employers were required to bring existing equipment up to the required standard of safety before 31st December 1997.  The legislation has been implemented slightly differently in each European country.

Scope

This legislation applies to all employers who provide equipment for their employees to use and sets out minimum safety requirements for work equipment.

Consultancy issues

  • Application to new machines
  • Application to machines made before 1993
  • Machinery modifications
  • Integrity of safety control systems and components
  • Application to machines made exclusively for use by the manufacturer
  • Equipment purchasing policies
  • Relationship to European standards