2011 seminars on Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

13 January 2011

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2011 seminars on Machinery Directive 2006/42/ECSick (UK) is offering two one-day seminars on Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC to give managers, engineers, OEMs and end users the tools needed to comply with the new Machinery Directive. The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which came into effect on 29 December 2009, provides the regulatory basis for the harmonisation of the essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level.

While the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that new machinery is compliant with the Directive and CE marked to indicate its compliance, the directive is not limited to new machines. Any new process or system, such as a production line, is effectively classed as a new machine, even when using existing machinery, and the entire assembly must, as a whole, comply with the directive.

The seminars address common questions relating to the modification and upgrade of existing machinery. Attendees will learn how to establish at what point a modification should be classed as a new machine, and therefore requires a CE mark, and when a modification is subject to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Directive (implemented in the UK as PUWER 98).

Safety compliance

Seb Strutt, Sick (UK) Safety Specialist, comments: "Safety should be a key priority for every organisation, and the new Machinery Directive is an ideal time for companies to remind themselves of the essence of the directive and to review their safety related standards. The Directive ensures that machinery [placed on the market] anywhere in the EU meets the same safety standards and can therefore be freely moved within the single market. This is particularly beneficial in the current economic climate, opening up a much wider market to machinery meeting these standards. Failure to comply with the directive can result in a fine and even imprisonment.

"Given the difficult economy, it is important to ensure that compliance is as straightforward and cost-effective as possible. At Sick we have over 50 years of experience and direct input into the key standards relating to safety systems; this has enabled us to create an imaginative and easy-to-understand, yet cost-effective approach to training on machinery safety."

Seminar contents

The first of the two Sick Machinery Directive seminars gives attendees a grounding on the directive and safety-related control standard BS EN ISO 13849-1. Participants review the changes in the new directive, key considerations when modifying existing machines, safety control standards EN 954 and get an introduction to the application of BS EN ISO 13849-1.

In contrast, the second seminar provides delegates with a thorough understanding in applying BS EN 13849-1 and delivers a practical and informal approach to understanding and implementing the key elements of the latest safety-related control standards.

The two one-day Sick seminars can be attended as a course or independently. Delegate places are priced at £150 per day, or £250 for both days. Seminar dates for 2011 are as follows: 16/17 February, 2/3 March, 11/12 April, 11/12 May and 20/21 September.

For on-site training tailored to specific group or company requirements, visit or contact Ann Attridge () or Andrea Hornby (), or call +44 (0)1727 831121.

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