European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

Safety of machinery: directives and standards


From agriculture to construction, from robotics to manufacturing, everything seems to confirm the extensive but unseen knowledge base that final users possess on the processes and equipment that they work with. Knowledge that can be leveraged both in and outside the workplace to improve technical standards. The mine of information gathered from users is a basis not just for devising technical solutions, but also putting them to work. Developing a participatory approach to the design of work equipment is an avenue worth to be explored, by assimilating lessons from workers’experience in a cooperative effort involving manufacturers, employers, authorities, OHS organisations, trade unions.