1 Jan 1970

Safety Advice - Machinery Directive

Machinery Directive

The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations came into force in January 1993, and were amended in January 1995. The amendments widened the scope of the Regulations to include safety components for machinery and machinery for lifting persons.

The amended directive states that:

  • Most machinery supplied in the United Kingdom, including imports, must:
    • Satisfy wide-ranging health and safety requirements, for example on construction, moving parts and stability;
    • In some cases, have been subjected to type-examination by an approved body;
    • Carry CE marking and other information.
  • The manufacturer or the importer will generally have to be able to assemble a file containing technical information relating to the machine.

(Source: Product Standards, Machinery: Guidance Notes on UK Regulations, DTI.)

Technical File

The technical file is a requirement of the Machinery Directive, and should enable the endorsement of the product as conforming to the requirements of the legislation.

The technical file must contain the following information:

  • Overall drawings, used to identify the machine or assembly.
  • Control circuit drawings, safety circuits.
  • Drawings, calculations; test results necessary to check conformity with the EHSRs, Low Voltage Directive , EMC Directive and any other validation tests.
  • List of the EHSRs taken into account when designing the machine.
  • List the harmonised standards, plus other standards and technical specifications used to achieve the overall design of the machine.
  • A description of the methods used to eliminate hazards presented by the machine, plus risk assessment data.
  • If required, a test report or certificate issued by a competent body.
  • If the machine is built to a harmonised standard, any technical report giving the results of tests carried out by the manufacturer or a competent body.
  • A copy of the instructions.
  • For series-manufacture, the internal measures implemented to ensure the machine continues to conform to the regulations, proof of QA.

Pilz can work with your company in compiling the technical file to ensure it fully complies with legislation.

Declaration of Conformity

This is required to certify that manufacturers’ equipment conforms to the relevant standards. The declaration of conformity is required for stand-alone machinery, in addition to the technical file.

In order to comply with the rules set out in the Machinery Directive, the Declaration of Conformity must include the following information:

  • Name and address of the responsible person.
  • If the responsible person is not the manufacturer, the full address of the manufacturer.
  • Description of the machine, type and serial number.
  • All regulations with which the machine complies, plus any statement of conformity with the EHSRs.
  • If appropriate, the name and address of the approved body and number of EC type examination certificate.
  • If appropriate, the name and address of the approved body that has drawn up the certificate of adequacy.
  • A list of harmonised standards used.
  • A list of national standards used.
  • Identification of the signatory.

Once the Declaration of Conformity has been produced, CE marking can take place. Pilz consultants can assist with producing the Declaration to ensure it complies fully with legislation.

If you would like any further information about Pilz consultancy or services you can use the contact details below:

Telephone: 01536 460766
Fax: 01536 460866
E-mail: consulting@pilz.co.uk


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United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1536 460766
E-Mail: sales@pilz.co.uk

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