Machine Safety Regulations

Machinery safety in the UK is driven by two sets of Regulations: The Supply of Machinery (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (which requires all machines placed on the market in the EU to carry a CE mark as described by the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC) and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98).

To comply with the requirements of Supply of Machinery (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, a 'machine' needs to fulfill the following (note that 'safety components' now fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive and in some circumstances machine guards will be defined as 'safety components'): 

  • The machine must satisfy the relevant EHSRs (Essential Health and Safety Requirements) of the Machinery Directive, to the state of the art. 
  • A system of conformity assessment must be in place as required by the Machinery Directive.
  • The machine must be accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity (DoC). 
  • The machine must be accompanied by user instructions in the language of the end user. 
  • A Technical File must be complied to demonstrate compliance.  This must be kept for at least ten years after the machine was manufactured and it must be made available to the market surveillance authorities upon request.  
  • The machine must 'in fact' be safe. 
  • The machine must carry a CE mark.  

With respect to machine guards from Procter Machine Guards, these will be supplied with a Declaration of Conformity and they may or may not be CE marked, depending on the circumstances.  More information about the circumstances under which guards will be CE marked is contained in a free White Paper, copies of which are available from the Machine Safety Guides Free Downloads section of the website.  

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