The Directive 98/37/EC includes the supply of new machinery equipments in the European Economic Area(EEA). Any type of machinery supply must comply with the Directives. There are some of the essential health and safety requirements which are to be followed within the directive.
This Directive came into existence on January 1, 1995. It is not retrospective so all the machines which are sold earlier to 1st Jan 1995 don’t need to carry any CE Marking unless they are resold. Constructing a technical file for inspection purpose is also a requirement for the supplier. All the machines that are sold prior to 1995 must be made safe and operators of machinery are subjected to PUWER 98 regulations.
One of the best way is to show compliance with Machinery Directive is to work with relevant safety standards. The main aim of this directive is to harmonise the design and construction of machinery to protect the safety using such machinery.