New CENELEC standard - EN 60204-1:2018 on Safety of Machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - Part 1: General requirements 

CLC/TC 44X 'Safety of machinery: electrotechnical aspects', in cooperation with IEC/TC 44, revised the important standard EN 60204-1:2018 ‘Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines - Part 1: General requirements’. EN 60204-1:2018 is a Harmonised Standard, which means that it gives presumption of conformity to two pieces of EU legislations: the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EC.

The aim of EN 60204-1:2018 is to prevent injuries caused by electrical hazards or electrical faults. The document specifies control devices for operator interface with the aim to prevent accidental actuation. It also defines the classification of emergency stop controls.

The revision brings, among other elements, a clarification of the requirements for protective bonding and for the information provided to users. These changes were made to reflect the state of the art for electrical safety for machines.

EN 60204-1:2018 is a so called ‘Type-B’ machinery standard, a generic safety standard that can be used across a wide range of categories of machinery. Implementing the specifications contained in B-type standards confers a presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive when a C-type standard or the manufacturer's risk assessment show that a technical solution specified by the B-type standard is adequate, as stated in the Official Journal of the European Union.

EN 60204-1:2018 was revised by CLC/TC 44X 'Safety of machinery: electrotechnical aspects', whose secretariat is held by BSI, the British Standards Institution.

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