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European Warehouse Equipment Regulations

European Union Directives for occupational health and safety require employers to provide equipment to assist with qualifying material handling tasks. While each member state can implement the Directives as they see fit, they are all bound to create local laws that accomplish the goals stated therein. Some member states may exceed the minimum requirements set forth in these rules.

Unlike Directives, standards are set by one of the international European standardization groups. These include the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The following safety regulations are particularly relevant to warehouses, distribution centers, and other material handling applications. Ergonomic warehouse equipment from BHS Global can help you comply with these rules; applicable products are listed beneath the related Directive or EU standard.

Note that EU Directives define “machinery” as an assembly “fitted with a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort.” Manual equipment from BHS Global does not meet this definition. All BHS Global products comply with the relevant EU safety standards — even those that aren’t defined as “machinery” under the law.

Directive 83/391 – OSH “Framework Directive”

Related Products: Lift Tables (LT, SMLT, MMLT, PMLT), Tilt Tables (TT, PMTT), Material Carts (PC), Cylinder Transport Equipment (CT, CTC, CSH), Forklift Work Platform (FWP)

Directive 89/543/EEC – Workplace Requirements

Related Products: Dock Ramp (DR), Yard Ramp (YR), Structural Barrier Rails (SBR), Structural Bollards (SB), Custom Bollards (CB-NS)

Directive 90/269/EEC – Manual Handling of Loads

Related Products: Lift Tables (LT, SMLT, MMLT, PMLT), Panel Carts (PC), Cylinder Transport Equipment (CT, CTC, CSH), Automotive Battery Racks (BS-ABR-C), High Value Carts (HVC), Order Picking Carts (OPC), Parallel Reel Payouts (PRP), Conduit Carrier Carts (CC)

Directive 2006/42/EC – New Machinery Directive

Related Products: Lift Tables (LT, SMLT, MMLT, PMLT), Tilt Tables (TT, PMTT)

Directive 2006/95/EC – Electrical Equipment

Related Products: Scissor Lift Tables (LT)

Directive 2009/104/EC – Use of Work Equipment

Related Products: Lift Tables (LT, SMLT, MMLT, PMLT), Tilt Tables (TT, PMTT), Material Carts (PC), Cylinder Transporters (CT), Cylinder Transporter Cages (CTC), Forklift Work Platform (FWP), Automotive Battery Rack (BS-ABR-C), High Value Cart (HVC), Order Picking Cart (OPC), Electrical Equipment

Directive 2010/35/EU – Transportable Pressure Equipment

Related Products: Cylinder Transporters (CT), Cylinder Transporter Cages (CTC), Cylinder Storehouse (CSH)

Directive 2014/29/EU – Simple Pressure Vessels

Related Products: Cylinder Transporters (CT), Cylinder Transporter Cages (CTC), Cylinder Storehouse (CSH)

ISO 12100:2010 – Safety of Machinery – General Principles for Design – Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction

Related Products: Lift Tables (LT, SMLT, MMLT, PMLT), Tilt Tables (TT, PMTT)

IEC 60204-1 Ed. 6.0 – Safety of Machinery – Electrical Equipment of Machines – Part 1: General Requirements

Related Products: Scissor Lift Tables (LT)

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The items referenced above are intended to assist in meeting the regulations referenced therein. Government regulations applicable to the use of BHS’s products vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This survey should not be considered an exhaustive list of applicable regulations in your area. It is the responsibility of the end user to verify and maintain full compliance with all applicable regulations. Please consult legal counsel to determine the regulations applicable to your facility.