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Editor: Jonathan Severn
2nd May 2018

A new list of Machinery Directive Harmonised Standards has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ). These standards provide a presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements (EHSRs) of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, so anyone 'placing machines on the market' in the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Turkey needs to know what is in the current list of Harmonised Standards.

Since 2011 we have reviewed each new list and summarised the additions and changes. The latest analysis shows an amendment to one B-Type standard (relating to measurement of noise emissions) and around 20 changes, additions and amendments to C-Type standards. These relate to widely varying classes of machine including escalators, variable-reach trucks, mowers, chain-saws, laser equipment, railbound construction and maintenance machines, tractors, sawing machines, woodworking machines and hand-held portable power tools. There are others too, so follow the link to read our report on the new list of Harmonised Standards.


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