Protecting machine operators from injury and fatal accidents new Standard


18 February 2011

Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction ISO 12100:2010 will help to improve protection for machine operators and will help designers and manufacturers to reduce safety hazards.

The risk assessment guidelines provided in ISO 12100 are presented as a series of logical steps. These will help designers to systematically determine the limits of the machinery; identify risks of hazards like crushing, cutting, electric shock, or fatigue; and estimate potential dangers ranging from machine failure to human error. The information obtained through this process will allow producers to determine whether a machine is sufficiently safe or not.

By providing a best practice framework at the international level, ISO 12100 will help eliminate technical barriers to trade while maintaining the safety and health of users of machinery, in line with requirements of national legislations of different countries worldwide.

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