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work platforms

Working landings Machine

Machine platforms for work stations - supplementary information


of 17 May 2006 on machinery

The purpose of this Directive was to lay down essential health and safety requirements for the design and manufacture of machinery placed on the market. It applies to all machines put into service for the first time after 1 May 2004. The main idea of the Directive: Member States are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of persons, in particular workers and consumers, and, where appropriate, domestic animals and goods, in their territory, primarily in relation to the risks arising from the use of machinery.

    The Directive applies to the following elements:
  • machinery
  • interchangeable equipment
  • safety components
  • lifting accessories
  • chains, ropes and belts
  • separable devices for mechanical transmission
  • incomplete machines
According to the directive, the term "machine" is understood as follows:
  • an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive mechanism other than directly employing human or animal muscle strength, consisting of conjugated parts or components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application
  • assembly as in p.1, omitting components intended for its connection in the workplace or for connection to energy and drive sources
  • set specified in points 1 and 2, ready to be installed and able to function in a given state only if it is mounted on means of transport or installed in a building or a structure
  • sets of machines specified in p.1,2,3 or partly completed machines which, in order to achieve a specific final effect, have been set up and are controlled in such a way that they function as an integrated whole
  • a set of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, joined together, designed to lift loads, and whose only source of power is the direct use of human muscle power

In accordance with the Directive, "interchangeable equipment" means a device which, when the machine or tractor is put into service, is mounted to the machine or tractor by the operator himself, to change the functions of the machine or tractor or to assign a new function, if this equipment is not a tool

In turn "safety element" means an element:
  • which serves to fulfill the safety function
  • which is marketed independently
  • whose damage or malfunctioning endangers the safety of persons
  • which is not necessary for the machine to operate or which can be replaced with ordinary elements so that the machine can operate
The term 'harmonized standard' means a non-binding technical specification adopted by a standardization body, namely the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) or the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), on the basis of a mandate from the Commission, in accordance with the procedures laid down in Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998. laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations and of rules on Information Society services

Placing on the market and putting into service::

    Before placing the machine on the market or putting it into service, the manufacturer or his authorized representative:
  • ensure that the machine meets the relevant essential requirements for health and safety
  • ensures that technical documentation is available
  • provides, in particular, the necessary information, such as instructions
  • carry out the appropriate conformity assessment procedures
  • draw up the EC declaration of conformity and ensure that it has been attached to the machine
  • places the CE marking

Presumption of conformity and harmonized standards.

It is presumed that machinery produced in accordance with a harmonized standard, the references of which have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, meet the essential health and safety requirements covered by such a harmonized standard.