Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992

Publication Date:January 01, 1992

1992No. 3073


The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992







1. Citation, commencement and revocation

2. Interpretation



3. Relevant machinery

4. Definition of "machinery "

General exclusions

5. Excluded machinery

6. Machinery for export to a third country

Transitional exclusions

7. Machinery first supplied or put into service before 1st January 1993

8. Exclusion until 31st December 1994 of machinery which complies with health and

safety provisions in force in a member State on 31st December 1992

Exclusion of machinery covered by other Directives

9. Exclusion of specific machinery

10. Machinery where risks are wholly covered by other Directives



11. General duty

12. Requirements for supply of relevant machinery

Conformity assessment procedures

13. Relevant machinery other than Schedule 4 machinery

14. Schedule 4 machinery manufactured in accordance with transposed harmonised


15. Schedule 4 machinery not manufactured in accordance with transposed harmonised


16. Modifications to relevant machinery

17. Approved bodies

18. United Kingdom approved bodies

19. Fees

20. Certificate of adequacy

21. EC type-examination

Declaration and marking procedures

22. EC declaration of conformity

23. Declaration of incorporation

24. Retention of documentation

25. The EC mark

Supplementary provisions

26. Conditions for relevant machinery being taken to comply with the relevant essential health and safety requirements

27. Judicial review of decisions of approved bodies


28. Application of Schedule 6

29. Offences

30. Penalties

31. Defence of due diligence

32. Liability of persons other than the principal offender

Consequential disapplication of United Kingdom law

33. General provisions

34. Relevant machinery which is electrical equipment


SCHEDULE 1 - Revocation of Regulations

SCHEDULE 2 - The EC mark

SCHEDULE 3 - Essential health and safety requirements

SCHEDULE 4 - Machinery posing special hazards

SCHEDULE 5 - Excluded machinery

SCHEDULE 6 - Enforcement

SCHEDULE 7 - Mining disapplications

The Secretary of State, being a Minister designated ( a) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 ( b) in relation to measures relating to the design and construction of and to the placing on the market and putting into service of, machinery in exercise of the powers conferred on him by that section and of all his other enabling powers, hereby makes the following Regulations:



Citation, commencement and revocation

1.-(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 and shall come into force on 1st January 1993.

(2) The Regulations specified in the first column of Schedule 1 hereto are hereby revoked with effect from the date specified in the second column of that Schedule provided that each of the Regulations so specified shall continue to apply in respect of the machinery to which they respectively apply and which was supplied for the first time in the Community in accordance with the applicable Regulations on or before 31st December 1995.


2.-(1) In these Regulations, the "Machinery Directive " means Council Directive 89/392/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to

(a) S.I. 1992/707.

(b) 1972 c.68; section 2 is subject to Schedule 2 to that Act and is to be read, as regards England and Wales, with section 32(7) and (9) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c.43), S.I. 1984/447 and section 17(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c.53), as regards Scotland, with section 289B(4) and (6) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975 (c.21), as inserted by paragraph 5 of Schedule 11 to the Criminal Law Act 1977 (c.45) and amended by section 55(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c.48), S.I. 1984/526 and the said section 17(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 and as regards Northern Ireland, with S.I. 1984/703 (N.I. 3) and S.R. (N.I.) 1984 No. 253.

machinery ( a) as amended by Council Directive 91/368/EEC ( b)

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires-

"approved body " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 17 below;

"business " includes a profession and an undertaking, and a supply in the course of a business includes any supply by a business;

"certificate of adequacy " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 20(1) below;

"the Commission " means the Commission of the European Communities;

"the Community " means the European Economic Community;

"declaration of incorporation " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 23(2) below;

"EC declaration of conformity " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 22 below;

"EC mark " means a mark consisting of the symbol "CE " set out in the form shown in Schedule 2 hereto, followed by the last two figures of the year in which it is affixed;

"EC type-examination " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 21(1) below;

"EC type-examination certificate " means a certificate issued by an approved body certifying that an example of relevant machinery satisfies those provisions of the Machinery Directive which apply to it;

"enforcement authority " means-

(a) in Great Britain, the Health and Safety Executive established under section 10 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 ( c) ;(b) in Northern Ireland, subject to paragraph 2(1) of Schedule 6 hereto, the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Agricul-ture; and(c) save in paragraph 3(b) of Schedule 6 hereto, each of the authorities referred to in the said paragraph 3(b);

"essential health and safety requirements " means the requirements in Annex I of the Machinery Directive which is set out in Schedule 3 hereto;

"harmonised standard " means a technical specification adopted by the European Committee for Standardisation or the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation or both, upon a mandate from the Commission in accordance with Council Directive 83/189/EEC of 28th March 1983 laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations ( d) , and of which the reference number is published in the Official Journal of the European Communities;

"interchangeable equipment " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 4(c) below;

"machinery " has the meaning given by regulation 4 below;

"relevant essential health and safety requirements " in relation to relevant machinery means those provisions of the essential health and safety requirements which are applicable to that particular relevant machinery for the purposes of establishing that it satisfies the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive:Provided that, subject to regulation 10(1)(a) below, in so far as such provisions relate to risks which are covered by other Community Directives and to the extent that any enactment implementing any such Directive applies to that machinery those provisions shall not be relevant essential health and safety requirements for the purposes of these Regulations;

"relevant machinery " shall be construed in accordance with regulation 3(2) below;

"responsible person " means, in relation to relevant machinery,

(a) OJ No. L183, 29.6.89, p.9; the second sub-paragraph of Article 8.4 was corrected in the Corrigendum to the Council Directive OJ No. L296, 14.10.89, p.40.

(b) OJ No. L198, 22.7.91, p.16.

(c) 1974 c.37.

(d) OJ No. L109, 26.4.83, p.8. Council Directive 83/189/EEC was amended by Council Directive 88/182/EEC (OJ No. L81, 26.3.88, p.75).

(a) the manufacturer of that machinery;(b) the manufacturer's authorised representative established in the Commun-ity; or(c) where the manufacturer is not established in the Community and either-(i) he has not appointed an authorised representative established in the Community; or(ii) his authorised representative established in the Community is not the supplier of that machinery,

the person who first supplies the relevant machinery in the Community;

and, in this definition and in regulation 11(2)(a) below, "the manufacturer " includes any person who assembles machinery or parts thereof to form relevant machinery; "safe " in relation to relevant machinery means that, when the machinery is properly installed and maintained and used for the purposes for which it is intended, there is no risk (apart from one reduced to a minimum) of its being the cause or occasion of death or injury to persons or, where appropriate, to domestic animals or damage to property, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly:

For the purposes of this definition, when considering whether or not a risk has been reduced to a minimum, regard shall be had to the practicability of so reducing that risk at the time of the construction of the relevant machinery;

"Schedule 4 machinery " means machinery posing special hazards which is specified in Annex IV of the Machinery Directive and listed in Schedule 4 hereto;

"series manufacture " means the manufacture of more than one item of relevant machinery of the same type in accordance with a common design;

"standard " means a technical specification approved by a recognised standardising body for repeated or continuous application, with which compliance is not compulsory;

"supply " is to be read in accordance with section 46 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 ( a) and includes offering to supply agreeing to supply, exposing for supply and possessing for supply, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly Provided that "supply " does not include exhibition at trade fairs and exhibitions of relevant machinery in respect of which the provisions of these Regulations are not satisfied if a notice is displayed in relation to the machinery in question to the effect-

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