The Directive 2006/42/ЕС (Machinery Directive) applies to machinery, mechanisms, equipment, components and combination of such machinery.
The Directive specifies the range of safety components, requirements for the risk assessment and duties of the market surveillance authorities of the European Union Member States.
In accordance with the Directive 2006/42/EC, the product covered by this Directive can be placed on the European Union market only if it satisfies the relevant provisions of this Directive and has the СЕ marking. Products, which fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive, in many circumstances shall be covered by other Directives, such as Low Voltage Directive and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. Depending on the regulatory requirements and directive requirements, the evaluation procedure may be performed for one or more assembly units.
Besides, within the framework of the product design and development, the manufacturer is obliged to determine potential risks and to take the appropriate measures aimed at the reduction of these risks. Primary objective of the Machinery Directive is minimization of the hazards to human health and safety. The manufacturer is obliged to minimize the risks related to different factors, including noise, vibration, fire danger, electrical shock, falling, compression, high temperatures and other risks. Moreover, during the design and manufacture of products, the manufacturer shall pay due consideration to the safety of repair works including safe access to components and assemblies of the product.
Materials used in the manufacture of products shall be safe for human health and life.
Products shall contain distinct and indelible information:
– name and address of the manufacturer;
– product name;
– type of product;
– serial number, if any;
– year of manufacture;
– СЕ marking;
– all necessary hazard labels, pictograms and warnings of danger.