EU Harmonised Standards

European Harmonised Standards

A "European Harmonised Standard" is a standard that is in support of one or more European Directives as a practical method of guaranteeing the high level of protection to EU workers and citizens that is intended by essential requirements (EHSR’s) of the Directives. The use of Harmonised standards for machinery is not mandatory. There is always a presumption of conformity with the directives if a machine is built to the appropriate Harmonised Standards.

European Standards (Euro Norms) are identified by the letters “EN”. Standards for the safety of machinery in Europe fall into 3 basic categories:-

  • Type A standards:

Fundamental safety standards, giving basic principles for design and general aspects for all machinery.

  • Type B standards:

Grouping more specific safety standards that may be applied across a range of machines and industries.

B standards are further subdivided:

  • B1 standards detail the overriding safety aspects.
  • B2 standards cover the actual safety devices.
  • Type C standards:

Machinery safety standards for specific types of machines or industry applications.

Health and Safety Compliance Engineering objective is to partner you through your obligations for the supply and use of machinery, whether it be to the United Kingdom, the European Union or else ware, Worldwide.

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