Machinery Directive – 2006/42/EC
Coming into practice in 1992, and re-cast in 2009, the Machinery Directive looks to guarantee that all mechanical and electro-mechanical products placed on the market or brought into use within the EU are safe and pose minimal risk to human health. This includes risks from noise, radiation and electrical hazards posed by mechanical and electro-mechanical devices* such as: all machinery; interchangeable equipment; and safety components.
How Technology International can help
Having been industry leaders on compliance with the Machinery Directives and other applicable Directives (EMC Directive, ATEX Directive) for over 20 years, Technology International is best positioned to support manufacturers who need to demonstrate conformity with the Machinery Directive. We can advise your business on applicable machinery safety standards, appropriate routes to demonstrating conformity and expected performance requirements.
With extensive knowledge and experience of European Machinery Safety requirements Technology International provides effective and efficient support solutions that minimise the impact on costs and resources of complying with the Directive; we can undertake testing against mechanical and electrical safety standards which, for the most part, can be completed at your company’s facilities.
As a UK Government appointed Notified Body for the Machinery Directive since 1994, Technology International’s team of consultant engineers have a detailed understanding of both the Machinery Directive and the associated Standards. We can undertake a wide range of tasks on behalf of clients, including:
- Safety Compliance Reviews – Assessments of product designs, selection of applicable standards and development of cost-effective compliance strategies.
- Inspections, Risk Assessments & Testing – On-site or lab based inspection and testing of manufacturers’ products to ensure compliance with the applicable standards or EHSRs.
- Documentation Preparation – Compiling of test and risk assessment reports, technical files and other documentation required to demonstrate product conformity to the MSD.
- General Technical Consultancy – Providing advice to clients on methods to eliminate or reduce safety hazards, statutory obligations and other compliance issues.
Some machinery, due to its type, design, and intended use, is considered under the Machinery Directive to pose a continuing and significant risk to safety. Machinery of this type (chainsaws and presses amongst others) is listed in Annex IV of the Directive and may require some form of independent examination by a Notified Body in order to show that they comply fully with the Machinery Directive. As a Machinery Directive Notified Body, Technology International can complete EC Type Examinations of Annex IV Machinery and the associated Compliance Documentation when requested to do so.
*Machinery is commonly defined as an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application. It can also refer to an assembly of machines which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole.