Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

This is the second edition of the guide to the application of the revised Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC).

Directive 2006/42/EC aims the harmonisation of the health and safety requirements concerning machinery while ensuring the free circulation thereof on the EU market. The clarification of the concepts and requirements facilitates the uniform interpretation and application of the text. The Guide cites and then explains every paragraph one by one. Information on related EU legislation is also provided. The target group is wide: machinery manufacturers, importers, distributors, Notified Bodies, standardisers, occupational health and safety and consumer protection agencies, national officials and authorities.

The text, which is over 400 pages, was closed in June 2010.

See also the complementary Guidance on the application of the essential health and safety requirements on ergonomics, set out in section 1.1.6 of Annex I to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

See also the working document Modifications to CE and non-CE marked machinery in use, published by the MACHEX sub working group “Modifications to machinery in use” of the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC).

Further information is available at the European Commission's website on Machinery.

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