For Safety at the Workplace: Comprehensive Assessment of the Risk Potential of Machines and Equipment
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are under the obligation to take all necessary measures to protect the safety and health of their employees. In addition to the product safety, which in Europe is regulated by the Machinery Directive, safe machine workstations also include additional occupational safety measures.
The legal basis for the safety of machinery is the CE marking, which manufacturers conduct at their sole responsibility. The operator of a machine must also comply with the CE marking obligation if he interlinks machines with one another or reconfigures or modernizes them whereby substantially changing them. Regardless, the operator is always under the obligation to check whether the machine has safety-related deficiencies as a result of incorrect design or of modifications during installation. Machines that have been tested by us as an independent body will display our seal or receive a corresponding certificate. In addition to considering the risk potentials of machines and equipment, the employer must also clarify whether further safety measures are required. This applies, for example, to the work environment or work objects and workpieces that are processed using the machine.
As a rule, the following applies: safety = product safety + operational measures
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