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Machinery safety

Directive 2006/42/EC: machinery (amending Directive 95/16/EC)

ACT

Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THE DIRECTIVE DO?

It enables machinery that meets European health and safety requirements to be moved freely throughout the EU. This means that workers and the public are well protected when they use or come into contact with machinery.

It lays down both compulsory and voluntary standards.

It only applies to products when they are first placed on the EU market.

It helps the EU to be more innovative, efficient and competitive.

KEY POINTS

The directive covers machinery, interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices and partly completed machinery.

It does not cover other types of machinery, such as machinery used in fairgrounds, the nuclear industry, laboratories and mines or by the military or police.

Manufacturers must:

carry out a risk assessment to identify which health and safety requirements apply to their machinery

keep the risk assessment in mind when designing and building their machinery

determine what limits there are on using the machinery

identify any possible hazards

assess the risk of their machinery causing severe injury or damage and take action to make their machinery safer

make sure that their machinery complies with the essential health and safety requirements listed in Annex I to the directive

provide a technical document confirming that the machinery meets the directive's requirements

make sure that they are applying conformity assessment procedures and that they are making all necessary information available, including instructions for assembly and use

check that they have filled in the EC declaration of conformity and that the CE conformity marking has been put on the machinery so that it can be used anywhere in the EU.

WHEN DID THIS DIRECTIVE ENTER INTO FORCE?

On 29 December 2009.

BACKGROUND

Machinery - Commission website

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2006/42/EC

29.6.2006

29.6.2008

OJ L 157, 9.6.2006, pp. 24-86.

Corrigendum

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OJ L 76, 16.3.2007, pp. 35-35

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 596/2009

7.8.2009

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OJ L 188, 18.7.2009, pp. 14-92

Directive 2009/127/EC

15.12.2009

15.6.2011

OJ L 310, 25.11.2009, pp. 29-33

Regulation (EU) No 167/2013

22.3.2013

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OJ L 60, 2.3.2013, pp. 1-51

Directive 2014/33/EU

18.4.2014

19.4.2016

OJ L 96, 29.3.2014, pp. 251-308

RELATED ACTS

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (Publication of titles and references of harmonised standards under Union harmonisation legislation) (OJ C 54, 13.2.2015, pp. 1-79)

last update 23.09.2015

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