Machine safety: The most important facts in brief

  • Machine safety refers to the safety of machines and plants in terms of preventing accidents and injuries to people as well as protecting property damage. 
  • Machine safety includes the identification and assessment of hazards that can emanate from machines.
  • Training for operating personnel as well as regular maintenance and inspection of machines and plants are central to machine safety.

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Why is machine safety needed?

Machine safety is needed because the use of machines in many industries poses a great risk to the health and safety of people who work with them. An accident involving a machine can have significant costs and consequences for both the person involved and the company.

Legal basis machine safety

Machines and systems must meet certain safety requirements in accordance with the Product Safety Act (PrSG), the Machinery Ordinance (MaschV) and the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Manufacturers use the declaration of conformity to prove that their machine corresponds to the current state of the art and does not endanger persons during operation.

In addition, operators also have a duty. According to the Ordinance on the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases (VUV), only work equipment that does not endanger the safety of employees when used as intended may be used (Art. 24). For this reason, distributors and operators are required to check machinery and equipment for obvious defects before putting them into service. In addition, the implementing bodies (Suva) inspect the companies within the scope of enforcement with regard to the procurement of compliant work equipment.

Which companies should be concerned with machine safety?

In principle, all companies that use machinery and equipment should be concerned with machine safety. This applies to companies in production as well as in service industries.

The safety consideration of machinery and equipment is particularly important in companies that perform hazardous or heavy work. This is the case, for example, in the chemical or metal industry, the wood and paper industry, construction or even agriculture. But companies in service industries, such as offices, hotels and hospitals, should also make sure their machinery and equipment is safe.

Smaller companies and sole proprietors that use machinery and equipment should also look into machinery safety. This way, they can ensure that their employees as well as customers are safe.

Who in the company should deal with this?

The employer is responsible for the safety of the employees. The employees are required by law to support the employer with regard to occupational safety and health protection and to follow the instructions in this regard. See VUV, 2nd chapter, 1st section for employers and 2nd section for employees (Art. 11).

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Your concerns 

  • You want to ensure the safety of your employees while working on machines and equipment.
  • You want to check the safety of your machines and equipment for conformity.
  • You want to create declarations of conformity for your machines.
  • You want to receive concrete implementation options shown regarding safety measures.

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  • increase the safety of your machines.
  • you have a committed and flexible partner, which individually and personally addresses your problem.
  • you get practical solutions regarding safety measures.
  • you get support from proven specialists in various fields.
  • you also benefit from a wealth of experience from numerous companies and industries.

How does SBIS support?

We are happy to support you with our experts as early as the procurement of safe machines and systems, with safety assessments and with risk assessments for various operating states on machines and systems. In addition, we advise you on the preparation of declarations of conformity, concrete safety measures and the installation of protective devices.

  • Support in the procurement of safe machinery and equipment
  • Safety assessment of work equipment (machinery and equipment)
  • Risk assessments of machinery and equipment
  • Developing and defining suitable Protective measures
  • Evaluation of implemented measures and residual risk assessment
  • Advising on how to achieve conformity of machinery and equipment and when several machines are combined into one plant
  • Optimizing safety processes (troubleshooting, Maintenance and servicing)
  • Support in contact with authorities
  • Support in enforcing CE-related machine rectifications at the supplier
  • Training and instruction of your employees
  • Creation of operating instructions

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