The Legislative Framework relating to Machinery Safety in the UK.

Within the European Economic Community (EEC), commonly called the European Union (EU), all of the Separate Countries have agreed to a common policy on the supply of equipment or apparatus that is powered by an energy source other than human effort; unless for lifting or lowering of loads. This equipment or apparatus is covered by three main areas of European Law, adopted into the legal framework of each individual member Country of the EEC, and also adopted by some countries outside of the EEC but within the European Economic Area (EEA).

The main Directives are:-

Two further Directives that could apply to some equipment or apparatus are:-

  • The Pressure Equipment Directive. 97/23/EC (PED).
  • The Explosive Atmospheres Directive. 94/9/EC (ATEX)

For a detailed list of relevant Directives go to

Once equipment or apparatus is accepted for use within a workplace, the Directive applied to all work equipment is:-

This Directive is interpreted under UK law as The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) Regulations and is applied to any equipment or apparatus that is used in the workplace by employees.

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