CE MARKING OF MACHINERY
PROVISION & USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT
MACHINERY SAFETY TRAINING
The CE marking shows that the manufacturer is declaring conformity with all Directives relating to that product. This is the ‘New Approach’ implemented by the European Commission since 1987, reducing barriers to trade within the EU.
The Directives are brought into each European countries legal system, in the UK as Regulations. It is a criminal offence not to comply, punishable by fines or imprisonment.
It is the manufacturers responsibility to ensure that machinery complies with the Essential Requirements of all Directives that may apply. However, there are some exemptions, see the Directive text.
Practically, what this means is that there must be a Technical File available for the machine, or complex assembly of machines. This should include how the equipment meets the Essential Requirements of the Directives that apply. Also Risk Assessments, any test results that may be required, detailed drawings and calculations demonstrating that the equipment is safe. There should also be a copy of the Instructions and the Declaration of Conformity, or Incorporation if a partly completed machine.
Safe Machine Ltd’s machinery safety consultants can carry out design reviews and risk assessments at an early stage. We assess the machine and documentation and provide guidance as to what, if any modifications are required. Safe Machine Ltd. can compile the Technical File, address the EHSR’s and provide a list of Standards to use.
Sometimes Safe Machine Ltd. will act as the Responsible Person and sign a Declaration. This is generally for complex assemblies where no single manufacturer has responsibility.
CE Marking applies to all new machinery, new assemblies of machines (even if existing machines). It also applies to machinery built for in-house use, interchangeable equipment and possibly modified machinery.
Member States must presume that products bearing the CE marking comply with all the provisions of the applicable directives providing for its affixing. Member States may not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing on the market and putting into service in their territory of products bearing the CE marking, unless the provisions relating to CE marking are incorrectly applied.
Safe Machine Ltd. assist with the production of technical files, risk assessment and any testing that may be required. Our machinery safety consultants can also carry out PUWER assessments, which should be done before the machine is put into service.
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