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The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 is a set of regulations that aim to ensure the safety of machinery supplied on the market in the European Union (EU). The purpose of these regulations is to harmonize the safety requirements for machinery across the EU and to ensure that all machinery placed on the market meets a common level of safety.
The regulations require manufacturers to ensure that machinery they supply is safe, and to carry out a risk assessment to identify and eliminate or reduce any hazards. They also require manufacturers to provide information and instructions to users about the safe use and maintenance of the machinery.
The regulations apply to all machinery supplied for use in the EU, whether it is new or second-hand, and whether it is for use in a workplace or by a consumer. The regulations also apply to machinery that is imported into the EU from outside of the EU.
Overall, the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 aims to ensure that all machinery supplied in the EU is safe for users and to reduce the number of accidents and injuries caused by machinery.
The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 require manufacturers to provide evidence that their machinery meets the safety requirements of the regulations. The evidence requirements include a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and technical documentation.
The DoC is a written statement, signed by the manufacturer or their authorized representative, stating that the machinery meets the relevant safety requirements of the regulations. The DoC should be provided with the machinery or made available online.
The technical documentation includes all the information necessary to assess the conformity of the machinery with the safety requirements of the regulations. This documentation should be made available to the relevant authorities upon request.
The technical documentation should include:
Overall, the evidence requirements of The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 are designed to ensure that manufacturers provide sufficient information to demonstrate that their machinery meets the safety requirements of the regulations, and to enable competent authorities to verify this conformity.
The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 provides some exemptions for certain types of machinery or situations where the regulations may not apply. These exemptions include:
It is important to note that even if a particular machinery is exempt from The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, it may still be subject to other safety regulations and standards. Manufacturers should always ensure that their machinery is safe and fit for purpose, regardless of any exemptions that may apply.
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