Manufacturers and suppliers of workplace machinery must comply with The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 which contain detailed requirements for manufacturing safe new machinery. Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places a duty on manufacturers to design and construct machinery so that it can be used safely.
Since 1995 all new machinery in scope of the Machinery Directive has to be designed and constructed to meet common minimum European requirements for safety. The outward signs of compliance are CE marking on the equipment and a document (Declaration of Conformity) issued by the Responsible Person (normally the manufacturer) declaring the product's conformity.
To achieve compliance the Responsible Person must undertake a conformity assessment process to meet the Directive's obligations. This includes meeting all relevant essential health and safety requirements (EHSRs) for the product, producing comprehensive user instructions, and showing how compliance has been achieved in the technical file. For certain higher risk products the conformity assessment process will normally require the use of an independent Notified Body.
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