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Machinery and components that are exempt from the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations include:

  • safety components which are intended to be used as spare parts to replace identical components and are supplied by the manufacturer of the original machinery
  • equipment specifically for use in fairgrounds and/or amusement parks
  • machinery specially designed or put into service for nuclear purposes which, in the event of failure, may result in an emission of radioactivity
  • weapons, including firearms
  • the following means of transport, subject to paragraph 2 of these regulations:
    • agricultural and forestry tractors controlled under European Community (EC) type approval legislation
    • motor vehicles and trailers controlled under EC whole vehicle type approval legislation
    • two or three-wheeled motor vehicles controlled under EC type approval legislation
    • motor vehicles exclusively intended for competition
    • means of transport by air, on water and rail networks
  • seagoing vessels, mobile offshore units and machinery installed on board such vessels or units
  • machinery specially designed and constructed for military or police purposes
  • machinery specially designed and constructed for research purposes for temporary use in laboratories
  • mine winding gear
  • machinery intended to move performers during artistic performances
  • electrical and electronic products falling within the following areas insofar as they are designed for use within certain voltage limits:
    • household appliances intended for domestic use
    • audio and video equipment
    • information technology equipment
    • ordinary office machinery
    • low voltage switch and control gear
    • electric motors
    • switch gear and control gear, and transformers in respect of high-voltage electrical equipment
  • lifts controlled under the Lift Regulations 1997 as amended

The regulations do not apply to machinery first supplied in the European Economic Area before 29 December 2009. Such products are covered by EU Directive 98/37/EC.

Partly Completed Machine – Partly completed machinery cannot comply fully with the essential health and safety requirements set out in Annex I of the Machinery Directive, since certain of the risks may result from the fact that the machinery is not complete or from the interface between the partly completed machinery and the rest of the machinery or assembly of machinery into which it is to be incorporated. However, the manufacturer of partly completed machinery must state, in a Declaration of Incorporation, which of the essential health and safety requirements he has fulfilled.

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