The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the replacement of EN954-1 with the EN ISO 13849-1 Safety Standard

The new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has replaced the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC. The directive has been extended in scope, and the requirements relating to risk assessment are now explicitly stated. Compliance with the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is required before any industrial truck or similar vehicle can be legally marketed within the European Economic Area (EEA). It is the demonstration of compliance with Type B or harmonized Type C standards that allows manufacturers to claim automatic presumption of conformity with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) contained in the Machinery Directive.

Under the new Machinery Directive, vehicle OEMs are required to perform and document a comprehensive hazard and risk analysis for all vehicle functions according to a Type C harmonized standard such as EN1175-1:1998+A1:2010, Safety of Industrial Trucks or, for vehicle types not covered by a Type C harmonized standard, a Type B standard such as EN ISO 13849-1 Safety Related Parts of Control Systems. This standard is the result of the significant revision of the old EN 954-1 safety standard, which according to the latest update from CEN (European Committee for Standardization) will cease to provide a presumption of conformity at the end of 2011.

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