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Machine platforms for work stations - supplementary information

Tool directive 2009/104/EC

on the safety of machinery

Applies to machines placed on the market or put into service in the European Economic Area before 1May 2004. Similarly, a "new machine" is any machine that was first placed on the market or put into service in the EEA after 1 May 2004 r. Old machines must meet at least the minimum requirements of Directive 2009/104/EC, while new machines - the essential requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

According to the Directive, the employer must pay attention to the following related matters in order to ensure safety for employees working on machines:
  • Control system
  • The use of machines as intended
  • Protection against hazards resulting from the detachment or disintegration of machine parts
  • Lighting of places and workplaces or maintenance of machines
  • Disconnecting from the power supply
  • Protection against moving elements
  • Protection against electrical hazards
  • Safety during machine maintenance
  • Starting machines
  • Safe access to various parts of the machine due to its use
  • Machine controls
  • Warning devices - safety signs and signals
  • Protection against dangers caused by thrown objects and emission of gas, vapors, liquid or dust
  • Warning before starting the machine
  • Protection against fire and explosion
  • Emergency stop
  • Stability
  • Protection against burns and frostbite
  • unfinished machines.
In order to increase the safety of "old" machines, the employer is obliged to meet the requirements of Directive 2009/104/EC, commonly referred to as the "tool directive"

What you need to do to adapt the "old machine" to the minimum requirements ?
Employer with machines that do not meet the minimum requirements should follow the diagram below:
  • create a checklist in accordance with the requirements of Directive 2009/104/EC
  • ask competent people in the field of mechanical engineering
  • check the machine in terms of minimum requirements
  • plan adaptation activities to the minimum requirements
  • implement planned corrective and adaptive actions
  • prepare machine documentation to confirm compliance with the minimum requirements of the Directive