Guide to application of machinery directive - 5 : The economic and social importance of the Machinery Directive

§ 5      The economic and social importance of the Machinery Directive

The second recital underlines the economic and social importance of the dual objectives of the Machinery Directive. The establishment of a harmonised regulatory framework for the design and construction of machinery is of vital economic importance to the European engineering industry. At the same time, safer machinery makes an important contribution to the reduction of the social cost of accidents and damage to health, both in the workplace and in the home.

(3)        Member States are responsible for ensuring the health and safety on their territory of persons, in particular of workers and consumers and, where appropriate, of domestic animals and goods, notably in relation to the risks arising out of the use of machinery.

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