CE marking of machines and machine assemblies (conformité européenne*)
All new and second-hand plant and machinery designed, constructed and supplied for use in process and production working environments within the EU must comply with one or more legal requirements when first placed on the market or put into service. This is to ensure that it can be used safely and without harm to operators.
Most CE Marking requirements set broad objectives for ensuring the health and safety of the users of the plant and machinery as well as others who may be affected and consumers of ingredients and materials processed on certain types of machinery; such as food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. The requirement covers individual plant and equipment as well as complex production lines made up of individual machines and equipment.
Physical safety, including health effects of plant and machinery in all its various aspects including selection of materials used in construction, means of control, risks from moving parts, fixed guards, lighting, hazards from electrical equipment, safeguards, noise, vibration, radiation, emission of dust from the equipment, maintenance and documentation are all part of the legal requirement known as essential health and safety requirements (EHSR’s).
The principles of safety by design must take into account any foreseeable use and misuse of the equipment. It is also necessary to provide information for end users such as markings, warnings and comprehensive instructions on safe use.
CE Marking includes the following requirements:
- Designing and building for safety
- Assessing product conformity
- Demonstrating product compliance
- Providing users with relevant information
Our clients benefit from FEG’s combination of specialist training and experience of designing and installing machinery and production lines across an array of industries. This ensures that they receive a comprehensive but practical assessment of their installations.
FEG provide CE Marking for:
- Individual machines
- Assemblies of machines as found in production lines
* “The CE mark is required for all new products which are subject to one or more of the European product safety Directives. It is a visible sign that the manufacturer of the product is declaring conformity with all of the Directives relating to that product.” Source: HSE
How can FEG help you?
When FEG project manage the design, installation and commissioning of new plant and processes that incorporate machines, we provide all of the CE Marking services. This ensures that you as a manufacturer comply with your legal requirements for the health and safety of your workforce and others that come into contact with the equipment or the products manufactured with the equipment.
FEG also undertake CE marking for existing plant and machinery and if required, will provide a free quotation for any work. Our skilled engineers can then implement necessary repairs, a re-design or install a new system.
FEG carry out a detailed risk assessment by identifying the health and safety hazards (trapping, crushing, electrical shock, hazards from dust or fumes, noise, vibration, etc) that are likely to be present when the machinery is used. We also assess the likely level of risks involved.
“Machinery must be designed and constructed so that it is fitted for its function, and can be operated, adjusted and maintained without putting persons at risk when these operations are carried out under the conditions foreseen but also taking into account any reasonably foreseeable misuse thereof.”
DIRECTIVE 2006/42/EC on machinery 1.1.2. Principles of safety integration. – (a)
The Directive covers new, old/refurbished and second-hand machinery from within the European Economic Area (EEA) and any imported plant, equipment and machinery if used within the EEA.
Declaration of Conformity
This is made available when the machinery is finished and ready for installation and use. The Declaration of Conformity must then accompany the machine through the supply chain to the end user.
The Declaration of Conformity includes:
- Name and address of the manufacturer and, where appropriate, the name and address of their authorised representative
- A description of the machinery, its make, type and serial number
- A list all of European laws (Directives) with which the machinery complies
- Details of any notified body that has been involved
- Standards used in the manufacture (if any)
- The place and date of the Declaration, and be signed by a person with authority to
Benefits to You
- Protect your workforce without a compromise on productivity
- Ensure that new and existing plant and machinery is safe
- Your product being made safer for your workforce and consumers
- Reduced damage claims and liability premiums
- Conformance with legal requirements
- Benefit from FEG’s wealth of experience