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Date: 02 July 2008
Editor: Jonathan Severn

One of the most popular pages on is the online guide to machine risk assessment . A new addition to this is a review of ISO/TR 14121-2:2007 'Safety of machinery – Risk assessment – Part 2: Practical guidance and examples of methods.' The review concludes that ISO/TR 14121-2 will be useful for many machine builders, though not necessarily for all.

Still on the subject of machinery safety, Pilz has released a new version of its software tool for performing the calculations necessary for designing safety-related control systems in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 and EN IEC 62061. More information about this can be found further down the newsletter.

In closing, those of you who have been following the discussion about EN ISO 13849-1 and safety-related mechanical components may be interested to read the initial view from the HSE .


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Jonathan Severn

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