Machinery Directive guide tackles confusion in industry

24 November 2009

Laidler Associates has published a guide to the new Machinery Directive in a bid to combat confusion and ignorance surrounding the safety guidelines. ‘A practical guide to machinery safety’, was sponsored by the UK safety and compliance consultant, Laidler, in association with Safety Systems Technology, an independent electrical safety system product supplier.

A practical guide to machinery safety
A practical guide to machinery safety

Paul Laidler, managing directive of Laidler Associates, is concerned that many companies are unprepared or even unaware of the Directive that will cause changes in UK legislation effective on December 29, 2009. He warns against companies burying their head in the sand and hopes the guide will help them undertake the transition.

The guide covers legislation including the EMC and Low Voltage Directives, the ATEX Directive and information on the new Machinery Directive. It also covers risk assessment and hazard analysis; includes step-by-step advice on CE marking and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

Laidler said: “The guide is written to benefit both machine builders and end users. Both sides need a good understanding of the legislation and processes surrounding machinery safety and this guide will help bridge the gap in understanding between the two.”

As well as featuring information about what to look for in a pre-purchase audit and a section on different types of electrical safety products the guide also features forms, charts and checklists that can be used to conduct a machinery safety inspection. An EN (ISO) 954-1 chart appears alongside an EN (ISO) 13849-1 equivalent as well as an EN (ISO) 14121-1 check list and CE and PUWER check lists.

A free download or a hard copy, available by request, can be obtained at Laidler’s website.

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