Machinery Risk Assessment to EN ISO 12100 and Related Standards

The design, supply and incorporation of machinery into assemblies within the European Economic area is governed by the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. The Directive requires that a detailed machinery risk assessment is carried out before the machine is put into use. However the ability to carry out this detailed machinery risk assessment has is still struggle for many people as it is often difficult to know what is suitable and sufficient to satisfy the directive and the associated harmonised standards.


This course gives delegates practical hands-on experience of conducting machinery risk assessments using structured techniques which demystify the process given in BS EN ISO 12100: 2010 and IEC 62061 as well a thorough understanding of the legislation, the key current European and the International safety standards that support the Regulations.

Course Objective

Upon the successful completion of this course, each delegate will be able to understand how to carry out a Machinery Risk Assessment (EN ISO 12100) as with respect to the machinery sector.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed primarily at machinery users, maintenance engineers, designers and project engineers who need to learn how to carry out risk assessment of existing machinery in use or new machinery in the process of being specified, supplied or under development. This course will also be of benefit to safety professionals who are familiar with the concepts but need to know how machinery risk assessment differs from other workplace safety or risk assessments.

Course Description

Agenda Day One

  • Introduction to the Machine Directive, the A, B and C standards and the differences between harmonized and non-harmonized standards
  • Assemblies of Machines and points to consider during the machine lifetime
  • Principles of safety by design
  • Introduction to control system safety
  • Ergonomics in machine design
  • High level access
  • Building a technical file
  • Relevant standards and their use
  • Documentation requirements
  • Hands-on practice of the evaluation and conformity assessment of machinery

Agenda Day Two

  • What is the difference between hazard and risk and other definitions
  • Hazard Identification process and techniques
  • Risk Estimation process and techniques
  • Risk evaluation, what does ALARP mean in practice
  • Assessment, handling and control of hazardous substances
  • Reasonably foreseeable misuse, an introduction to human factors
  • Machine interventions
  • EN ISO 12100 Risk assessment Practical-1

Agenda Day Three

  • EN ISO 12100 Risk assessment Practical-2
  • EN ISO 12100 Risk assessment Practical-3
  • Introduction to IEC 62061 and ISO 13849-1/2 and the objectives and requirements for Safety-related Control Systems
  • Comparison between EN ISO 12100 risk assessment
method and the IEC 62061 and ISO 13849 approach
  • IEC 62061 Risk Assessment Practical
  • Competency Exam
  • Exam Review and Course Close out

Course information

Course Code 306.06
Course Title Machinery Risk Assessment to EN ISO 12100 and Related Standards
Language English
Course Duration 24

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