Directive 2006/42/EC is the main European document, which describes basic safety requirements for equipment that is placed on the Union market. The Directive identifies goals and general guiding principles for the construction of machines so that they would be safe for people and the environment. Practical implementation of compliance with the requirements provides for the use of certain instruments, which in this case can be coordinated with the directive. The use of standards is not mandatory, but the advantage of their application is the principle of presumption of conformity. Through this, compliance with standards is equivalent to carrying out of the recommendations of the Directive.
With the development of European directives and safety regulations in the field in various countries, safe operation of industrial equipment has become a priority in a number of fields. The best way to ensure the safety of users of such equipment is to assess and reduce the risk at the design stage, as recommended in the International Standard EN ISO 12100 General principles for risk assessment and risk reduction.
The design shall comply with relevant standards to ensure that the operation of industrial equipment does not cause any harm to the health and safety of employees.
ISO/TC 199 technical committee on safety of machinery published a comparative table of conformity between EN ISO 12100-1:2003, EN ISO 12100-2:2003, EN ISO 14121 -1:2007 and new EN ISO 12100:2010.
European harmonized standard EN ISO 12100:2010 (ISO 12100) defines the main terminology, principles and methodology for achieving safety in the design of machines, defines the principles of risk reduction and risk assessment and helps developers to achieve this goal to the uttermost. The principles defined in the standard are based on the knowledge and experience of design, use, incidents, accidents and risks associated with machinery.
Technical Committee on Safety of machinery ISO / TC 199, published a comparative table of correspondence between EN ISO 12100-1:2003, EN ISO 12100-2:2003, EN ISO 14121 -1:2007 and the new EN ISO 12100:2010