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North American Enterprises is also a full-service safety
testing organization. Our safety laboratory is set-up to assess products for the
United States, Canada, and Europe.
Equipment used in potentially flammable atmosphere is also
required to comply with the requirements of equipment used in non-hazardous
atmospheres to ensure there are no other associated risks, such electrical
shock, fire, mechanical, etc.
Enforced January 1, 1997 Enforced January 1, 1995
Who Needs to Comply?
Manufacturers of mechanical and electrical products wishing to place products
into the European Union .
The Low Voltage Directive applies to
electrical equipment designed to operate at voltages in the range of 50 and
1,000 volts AC, or 75 and 1,500 volts DC. This directive requires manufacturers
to ensure there is proper safety protection against electrical hazards arising
from the equipment .
The Machinery Directive applies to machinery (with hazards associated with
moving parts) and safety components for machinery. This directive requires a
risk assessments to be conducted on all hazards associated with the equipment
and to confirm the equipment is in compliance with all of the essential health
and safety requirements outlined in the directive. The essential health and
safety requirements include a wide range of hazards, such as electrical,
mechanical, vibration, and noise.
Routes to Compliance
Low Voltage Directive:
The manufacturer has the option of addressing either the European Standards
applicable to the product (listed in the Official Journal) or the safety
objectives listed in the directive. In some cases, it is in the manufacturers
best interest to include a report drawn up by a Notified Body to show due
diligence that the product is meeting the safety requirements.
Machinery Directive: Manufacturers have the option of
addressing either the European Standard applicable to the product (listed in the
Official Journal) or the essential health and safety requirements listed in the
directive. For high-risk machinery and safety components listed under Annex IV
of the directive, a Notified Body is required for attestation of the product and
the technical documentation.
Overlap of the Machinery and Low
There has been confusion as to whether manufacturers of electrically powered
machinery must meet the Machinery Directive or the Low Voltage Directive, or
both. In accordance with EU requirements, a manufacturer must legally comply
with the more relevant of the two directives. However, the legal opinion in the
EU is that whichever directive you choose to apply, the requirements of that
directive must cover all risks associated with the product. A risk assessment of
the product, properly conducted, will clearly show which directive is relevant.
|North American Requirements
Safety regulations in North America require electrical and
electronic products to be approved by a nationally accredited Certification Body
(CB) - in Canada- and a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) - in the
Whether it's testing for
electrical product safety requirements for North America, EU, or Asia Pacific,
we offer expert third-party testing to almost any product safety standard.