Compliance for Machine Safety
To ensure your plant or operation is compliant, it is important to know what compliance regulations and standards are in place. Below, please find the latest compliance information and regulatory standards that can help you stay informed.
Machine Safety Evaluation Tool
The Safety Evaluation Tool for the IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1 standards takes you to your goal directly. This TÜV-tested online tool supports the fast and reliable assessment of your machine's safety functions. As a result, you are provided with a standard-compliant report, which can be integrated in the documentation as a proof of safety.
OSHA sets the standards--and, therefore, the law—for minimal compliance in the United States. Machinery standards are largely contained in the 29 CFR 1910 section of the OSHA code of regulations, created by an act of the U.S. Congress in the early 1970s.
Industry consensus standards in the U.S. serve a dual purpose: They provide a means of regulated safety for anyone in the vicinity of a machine and a basis for compliance uniformity. These standards are generally applied in addition to the minimal safety standards established by OSHA and are frequently incorporated as reference by OSHA for enforcement and compliance purposes.
Examples of organizations responsible for consensus standards include: ANSI (www.ansi.org), NEMA (www.nema.org), NFPA (www.nfpa.org), ASME (www.asme.org), SAE (www.sae.org), and many more.
OSHA's General Duty Clause requires every employer to provide a safe working environment for all employees. The associated risk assessment examines selected equipment by evaluating possible operations hazards measured against the real risks to employees, contractors, visitors, and third-parties exposed to the equipment. The resulting hazard analysis includes recommendation for risk reduction, typically referencing applicable safety standards and OSHA regulations. A completed risk assessment must be kept on file and updated on a regular basis.