Other Supported Regulations
At Technology International we also provides varying degrees of support for other European and Global regulatory systems:
European Directives & Regulations
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 2) Directive
Since coming into force 2003, the RoHS Directive is now a staple of all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the market or brought into service within the EU. The Directive, which was recast in 2011 as Directive 2011/65/EU or RoHS 2, aims to reduce and restrict the use of hazardous substances such as heavy metals like lead or mercury in such products; compliance is now indicated by affixing a CE Mark and issuing an EU Declaration of Conformity. The need for a CE Mark now means that the support Technology International can offer is even more important.
At Technology International we are able to provide support for RoHS 2 in a number of ways including, simple guidance on the regulations to more detailed reviews of the levels of substances used in the manufacture of a product.
Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
Abbreviated to PUWER, these Regulations place duties on people, companies and organisations who own, operate or have control over any form of work equipment to ensure its continuing safety. PUWER also ensures the regulatory compliance of equipment that employees use regardless of whether thier businesses and organisations own them.
PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is:
- Suitable, and safe, for the intended use.
- Maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.
- Used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction, and training.
- Accompanied by suitable health and safety measures, such as protective devices and controls.
These will normally include emergency stop devices, adequate means of isolation from sources of energy, clearly visible markings, and warning devices.
- Used in accordance with specific requirements, for mobile work equipment and power presses.
Assessments to ensure PUWER compliance should be completed when any work equipment is first procured. To ensure regulatory compliance is then maintained, equipment should be evaluated periodically whilst in service to confirm that it remains in a safe condition.
Technology International specialises in evaluating complex industrial work equipment (production machinery, heavy plant, etc.) against PUWER, both at installation and once in service. We offer a number of on-site mechanical and electrical safety assessments against applicable standards; we have helped a number companies meet their obligations under PUWER.
Other EU Directives
Technology International can provide limited advice and guidance on a variety of other European Directives, including:
- Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU
- Directive on Noise Emission in The Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors 2000/14/EC
- Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EC
Technology International has experience working with businesses and organisations who are looking to get regulatory compliance for their products on a global scale, including regulations such as:
US Directives & Regulations
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Certification
The US Federal Communication Commission requires all devices capable of transmitting Radio Frequency (RF) Energy, whether intentionally or not, to be certified for use. FCC Certification is generally achieved by submitting equipment for testing by an FCC approved test laboratory; FCC testing is often completed in conjunction with evaluations against European EMC and Radio Performance Standards, both of which Technology International provides compliance support for.
Technology International has advised manufacturers on the specific FCC Certification requirements for their product(s) and have experience in facilitating and managing testing where required.
NFPA 79 Testing
A non-for-profit organisation founded in 1896, the NFPA is the US National Fire Protection Association is dedicated to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Amongst its many activities, the NFPA has developed a wide range of Electrical Safety standards that are used as the benchmark for electrical safety in the US.
Almost universally applied, the NFPA 79 is the Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery. Despite being voluntary nearly all machinery manufacturers who wish to sell their products within the US show compliance with this Electrical Standard. Most end users of Industrial Machinery make compliance with NFPA 79 a standard requirement of any supply contract.
Technology International can provide testing and evaluation of industrial machinery against the requirements of NFPA 79. With experience providing compliance testing both prior and post installation, our services allow manufacturers to satisfy themselves that they are compliant with the standard and any contractual obligations within the US.
Technology International can supply support for a variety of other global regulations, including:
- KC Mark – Korea
- NR12 – Machinery and Work Equipment Safety Standard – Brazil
- Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) – Australia