Manufacturers respond to new Machinery Directive

24 April 2008

The IPAF Manufacturers’ Technical Committee met during SAIE in Bologna to discuss, among others, the implementation of the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

“The EC is drafting guidance to assist duty holders and national authorities to implement the new directive,” said IPAF technical officer Gil Male. “It is important that any resulting guidance gives appropriate advice to the MEWP industry to help stakeholders understand and implement the new directive, particularly where there are difficulties or possible misunderstandings. IPAF has been invited to provide input to the guidance and wants to take full account of any concerns that its members may have.”

IPAF has produced a clause–by–clause comparison of the old Directive with the new one. The comparison is given in a spreadsheet Changes to Directive 98/37/EC resulting from Directive 2006/42/EC, which is available to IPAF members.

At the meeting, construction group Balfour Beatty of the UK made a presentation on crushing hazards of machines. The Committee is looking into how machine controls can be standardised and made safer, with the aim of preventing such accidents.

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