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UK Statutory Instrument requirements - Supply of Machinery (safety) Regulations 2008. ex EU MACHINERY DIRECTIVE 2006/42/EC


Machinery Described As:

An assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, with the appropriate actuators, control and power circuits, joined together for a specific application, in particular for the processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material;

An assembly of machines which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole; and interchangeable equipment modifying the function of a machine which is supplied for the purpose of being assembled with a machine (or a series of different machines or with a tractor) by the operator himself in so far as this equipment is not a spare part or a tool. An example of interchangeable equipment would be a saw attachment for an electric drill, or a tractor powered towed brush. 


Safety Components For Machinery, Described As:

Components which are supplied separately to fulfill a safety function when in use and the failure or malfunctioning of which endangers the safety or health of exposed persons. For example a light curtain.



Most machinery comes under the Machinery Directive, unless it comes under another specific Directive such as:

  • lifts, pressure vessels,
  • pressurized equipment,
  • medical devices and means of transport.

Other exceptions include fairground machinery, certain nuclear related machinery firearms and seagoing vessels. One exception important exception is hand-operated machinery unless it is used for lifting or lowering loads. Always refer to the Directive for precise guidance.


Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is mandatory for Machinery. This should be conducted to EN ISO 12100:2010.



Compliance is by meeting the Essential Health & Safety Requirements in Annex I. These are detailed and comprehensive. Only equipment specifically listed in Annex IV is required to be assessed by a Notified Body.

Harmonised Standards

Harmonised standards can be used to meet all or part of the Essential Requirements. Always check to see that all of the Essential Requirements have been met. If in doubt, contact Atlantic Bridge Ltd.