Plants, Machinery, Equipment and Tools

The employer is obligated by law to provide (acquisition, operation and disposal) work equipment (machinery, devices, apparatus, tools or facilities) that ensures the safety and health of the employees. This means that already in the procurement stage it is necessary to pay attention to certain criteria (be suitable for the intended purpose, have the least potential hazard) and the certificates (CE label, GS tested safety mark). The employer have to take the necessary measures to ensure that the provided working equipment is suitable for the workings and if not, to adjust it appropriately. During the entire operation period the level of protection needs to be retained by maintenance. In addition, only correct replacement parts of comparable quality may be fitted. Accordingly to the risk of the facilities, the system checks must be performed by professionals in regular cycles (test plans). The working equipment needs to be complied with all applicable regulations. Thus, the application of standardized working equipment is coactive mandatory. The standards are drawn up at international level by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO9 and have to be included into national standards. The main objective of standardization is to define the voluntary technical or quality respective specifications for existing or future products, to protect the safety and health. It is based on the principles of the Word Trade Organization (WTO) in the field of standardization. In standardization product properties are stipulated with their safety aspects. At the same time it includes basic information of using the products safely by the employees. Standards provide the earliest possible starting point for the implementation of prevention in safe and “healthy” work equipment and products. This saves high macroeconomic and economic costs caused by accidents or work related damage to health.

The application of international standards ensures that all products of different manufacturers have the same safety level. Furthermore, the application of the standards provide equal benefits for both the manufacturers and entrepreneurs, who obtain these products and appropriate it for their employees