EESC opinion: Machinery

Key points


  • welcomes the fact that the proposal for a regulation continues to focus on operators of machinery products and other workers involved, as their health and safety protection remains a key issue;
  • stresses that the transitional provisions to the new machinery regulation need to be specified in order to provide legal certainty for all stakeholders;
  • underlines that increasingly sophisticated machinery requires special training for users so that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks. Mechanisms are also needed that allow clear responsibility to be attributed in the event of accidents. Workers' representatives should be enlisted in the procedure for the purchase and installation of new machinery.

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