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Safety for humans and machines has increasingly become the focus for machine builders and end-users alike. These safety and legal requirements are highly regulated under industry standards such as the OSHA in the U.S., the Machinery Directive in Europe, the NOM 004 in Mexico, and the NBR12 in Brazil. Compliance with these regional and international requirements is enormously time-consuming and labor-intensive. As one of the leading suppliers of safety technology and electrical connection technology, Wieland offers tailor-made products and a comprehensive range of services relating to functional machine safety. Our team of experts is eager to support you in all aspects of the machine safety lifecycle, so you can concentrate on what matters most─serving your customers well and keeping your employees safe.

OSHA Regulation 29 CFR OSHA 1910
  • In the United States, the organization responsible for spearheading machine safety requirements is OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), a federal agency that regulates workplace health and safety.
  • The purpose of this act (OSHA Regulation 29 CFR OSHA 1910) is to provide safe, healthful working conditions and to preserve human resources. Article 5 of the Act sets the basic requirements. Each employer is required to provide each employee a place of employment free from hazards; or in the case that hazards are present in the natural course of the work involved, the employer is required to provide employees with hazard and compliance training, as well as sufficient personal protective equipment to ensure the health and safety risks are mitigated as effectively as possible.
  • OSHA 1910.212 General requirements for machinery and machine guarding. One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks. Examples of guarding methods include barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc..
Machinery Directive MD 2006/42/EG
  • The Machinery Directive requires employers to guarantee that a machine is safe in all possible modes of operation and to ensure a common level of safety. Together with a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) from the machine manufacturer, the Machinery Directive is recognized across the European industrial community, allowing machines to be moved without the need for additional certifications or documentation.
  • The Directive sets the basic requirements, or the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR). Employers can adhere to the EHSR through compliance with the harmonized European standards, or any other solution that demonstrates a similar level of safety.
  • The Directive applies to machinery as well as interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains/ropes/webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices, and partly completed machinery.
Canadian Regulations
  • Canadian industrial safety regulations are governed by the individual provinces (or territories), giving every province its own regulations to maintain and enforce.
  • In the case of Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out the rights and duties of both employees and employers. Its purpose is to protect employees against potential health and safety hazards in the workplace.
  • Within the Ontario Act, Regulation 851 section 7 defines the Pre-start Health and Safety Review. This requirement states that a new, modified, or refurbished piece of machinery in Ontario requires a report to be generated by a professional safety engineer.

Are your safety standards compliant?

Your machine may have several options for basic operating requirements, depending on where and how it will be used and its optimal SIL level. We strongly recommend using comprehensive international standards such as ISO and IEC, as they cover multiple areas and applications.

Our TÜV-certified safety experts would be happy to inspect your machines to verify if any additional safety requirements and standards still need to be met.

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