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Compliance services offered from Thor Safety: 

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management - EN ISO 12100 / ISO/TR 14121-2.

  • Safety System Concept, Safety System Solution Design.

  • Machine Guarding Solutions to machinery directive Harmonised standards. BS EN ISO14120, BS EN ISO 14119, EN ISO 12100, BS EN ISO 13857, BS EN ISO 13855.

  • EHSR Essential health and safety requirements relating to the design and construction of machinery - machinery directive 2006/42/EC.


  • Safety System Verification (SRPCS) Safety Related Parts Control System BS EN ISO 13849 Parts 1&2.

  • CE & UKCA Marking of Machinery - Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC - UK Supply of Machinery Regulations & Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)​

  • The CE & UKCA Compliance Inspection are key services we provide to our clients. The written report that we provide following the inspection of the machine by our consultants will identify non-compliance to the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the UK Supply of Machinery Regulations in respect of the certification, documentation, the fundamentals of the operation and safety, the key standards applicable to the machine, and detail if the CE & UKCA mark to be applied by the manufacturer is valid.

  • CE Marking of Machinery.


  • PRE-Purchase Audits.

  • Design Review – With regard to the import-export of machinery.

  • General machinery consultancy services to the machinery directive 2006/42/EC.

  • TCF (Technical Construction File generation).

Machinery Training

  • PUWER 98 Training.

  • Safety Related Control Systems & Functional Safety.

  • Machinery Directive – legal requirements and responsibilities The Principles of Electrical Machinery Safety.

Background information to PUWER 98

Use of Work Equipment Directive & UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998’ assessment must be carried out on all machinery in order to identify all hazards. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 are an approximation of the Use of Work Equipment Directive 89/655/EEC, amended by 95/63/EC and 2001/45/EC, and are the mechanism whereby the Use of Work Equipment Directive was implemented in to UK law.


Scope of the Regulations:

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 came into force on 5th December 1998.

  • In these regulations the term the ‘1974 act’ refers to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

  • The regulations apply to employers, persons having control to any extent of work equipment, persons who supervise and manage work equipment, and self-employed in respect of the equipment they use at work.

  • All work equipment used by employees at work falls within the scope of “work equipment”. For the purposes of this assessment “work equipment” is generally taken to mean machinery or combinations of machinery.




  • New Work Equipment: Items of work equipment first provided for use from 5th December 1998 will need to meet the requirements of PUWER 98.

  • Second Hand Work Equipment: When existing work equipment is sold by one company to another and it is brought into use by the purchasing company from 5th December 1998 it becomes new work equipment and must also meet the requirements of PUWER 98.

  • For the purposes of the regulations, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

  • Work Equipment: Any machine, apparatus, tool or installation used at work.

  • Use of Work Equipment: Any activity involving work equipment such as starting or stopping the equipment, its use, transport, repair, modification, maintenance and servicing, including, in particular, cleaning.

  • Danger Zone: Any zone within and/or around work equipment in which an exposed worker is subject to a risk to his health or safety.

  • Exposed Worker: Any worker wholly or partially in a danger zone.

  • Operator: The worker or workers given the task of using work equipment.



Regulations 3 - 9


Place defined responsibilities on management to complement the requirements which are covered under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.


These regulations require site policies and procedures to be formulated and implemented to ensure that work equipment is safe to use, and adequate measures are in place to ascertain the health and safety of employees whilst at work to the requirements of PUWER 98.


Regulations 10 - 24


Regulation 10 covers the initial integrity of machines (in most cases) and requires that the employer must ensure that an item of work equipment conforms at all times with any ‘essential safety requirements’, other than requirements which at the time of it being first supplied or put into service in any place which these regulations do not apply.


Regulations 11 - 24 cover the specific essential compliance requirements of machinery in the workplace.


CE & UKCA Marking of Machinery - Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market, which require the CE marking or UKNI marking. See the guidance on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market.

Check whether you need to use the new UKCA marking

Selling goods in Great Britain,

The UKCA marking applies to most goods previously subject to the CE marking. It also applies to aerosol products that previously required the ‘reverse epsilon’ marking.

The technical requirements (‘essential requirements’) you must meet – and the conformity assessment processes and standards that can be used to demonstrate conformity – are largely the same as they were for the CE marking.

The circumstances in which you can use self-declaration of conformity for UKCA marking are the same as for CE marking. Check the list of areas where self-declaration is permitted.

The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.

In some cases, you need to apply the new UKCA marking to goods being sold in Great Britain immediately from 1 January 2021.

The CE marking is only valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain, even before 31 December 2021


The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 is a European Union directive concerning machinery and certain parts of machinery. Its main intent is to ensure a common safety level in machinery placed on the market or put in service in all member states and to ensure freedom of movement within the European Union by stating that "member states shall not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing on the market and/or putting into service in their territory of machinery which complies with [the] Directive".


Economic directives apply to products. They were taken under the new approach in order to facilitate the free movement of goods and products in the European Union by removing barriers to trade in the European market. The particularity of these guidelines is that they set the basic requirements or Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR) that apply to all manufacturers who wish to put their products on the European market. If a product meets the essential health and safety requirements, then the product can be placed on the market.

One way of demonstrating compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSR) can be done through compliance with harmonised European standards or any other solution that allows demonstrating a similar level of safety.

Consequently, the Machinery Directive belongs to the economic legislation. It applies to products designed to be sold (or enabled) in the European Union for the first time. It addresses manufacturers, importers, and dealers of machinery and safety components and applies to new equipment. This directive harmonises the level of safety of products designed and manufactured by different manufacturers. Already installed machines lie outside the scope of this Directive, because they are already on the market. Resale of used machines is governed by national laws.


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.

If you have any questions regarding our compliance services then please contact our team here.

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