The UKCA marking came into force on 1 January 2021. In order to give companies more time, in most cases the CE marking could continue to be used until the end of 2023. From 2024, all products requiring labelling that are newly placed in the UK should bear the UKCA label. On 1 August 2023, it was announced by the UK Department for Business and Trade that the recognition of the CE marking is to be extended for a further time, probably indefinitely. The new update will apply to 18 regulations, including PPE, machinery and outdoor.
Further information can be found here.
A few days ago, the new Machinery Regulation (EU) 2023/1230 was published in the Official Journal of the EU and will enter into force on 19 July 2023. This Machinery Regulation applies to all machinery, partly completed machinery and associated products made available on the market from 20.01.2027. It covers not only machinery and partly completed machinery, but also interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes, slings and webbing, and removable mechanical transmission devices.
Since 2001, BG BAU has awarded the EuroTest prize on the occasion of the world's leading trade fair "bauma", thereby honouring the innovative occupational safety ideas of the many large and small companies that are paving the way for Vision Zero in the construction industry.
These ideas help prevent accidents and work-related illnesses and make construction sites safer.
From a total of 34 applications, the expert jury, which is made up of members of international testing institutes as well as representatives of universities, construction industry associations and the BG BAU, determined four award winners this year in an extensive evaluation process.
The winners of this year's EuroTest award are the companies OilQuick Deutschland KG, ALFIX GmbH, BAUER Maschinen GmbH and the company ARCURE SA BLAXTAIR.
Occupational safety is always a hot topic in the construction industry. BG BAU member companies that invest in occupational safety and health protection can benefit from funding for selected products that make work safer.
For construction machinery and construction site trucks, these are currently:
The current lists with the requirements and instructions for the individual measures can be found on the BG BAU homepage under the following link: occupational safety premiums
Manufacturers of relevant products can apply for inclusion on the respective list of eligible products.
Contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new test principle GS-BAU-70 "Principles for the testing and certification of safety-relevant assistance systems on machines and commercial vehicles" has been adapted to the current state of the art and standardisation.
The GS-BAU-70 as of December 2022 can be downloaded here (PDF, 192 kB, nicht barrierefrei). You can also find more information on the DGUV Test (only in German) page.
Machinery and equipment that has successfully undergone a conformity assessment procedure by Dec. 31, 2022, may continue to be introduced into the U.K. market with the CE mark until the certificate expires or, at the latest, Dec. 31, 2027. The UK authorities recommend that manufacturers who choose this route include in the UK declaration of conformity the list of relevant notified UK standards and equivalent harmonized EU standards that they have applied, as well as details of the EU-recognized notified body that carried out the conformity assessment procedures. Please note that the online guide on this topic has been updated and can be accessed here.
Quick-change attachments on hydraulic excavators and loaders backhoe that currently comply with standard EN 474-1:2006+A5:2018 or its successor EN 474-1:2006+A6:2019 no longer represent the state of the art and do not meet the safety standard specified by the Machinery Directive. Due to the publication in the Official Journal on 14.10.2021, the presumption of conformity according to the Machinery Directive is no longer triggered for these quick-change devices.
The DGUV Test Prüf- und Zertifizierungsstelle Fachbereich Bauwesen already comprehensively explained the technical requirements in the magazine BauPortal in May 2020. The requirements of the 474 series of standards announced for 2022 for quick-change attachments for hydraulic excavators and backhoe loaders are already considered in the current test principles GS-BAU-25 (PDF, 185 kB, nicht barrierefrei).
This "Fachbereich AKTUELL" is an aid for employers (entrepreneurs) in the preparation of the risk assessment according to § 3 BetrSichV. It provides information for a specific individual case on how the exemption for lifting persons with work equipment not intended for this purpose can be interpreted in accordance with the Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health.
The permissibility of using the CE marking in the UK has been extended by one year until 31.12.2022. For further detailed information please click here (only in German).
Since 1921, the field of testing and certification has been an important building block for safety and health. DGUV Test still stands for this today. Through testing and certification, DGUV Test ensures safety and health at work. The competence network for a safe and healthy working environment combines science, requirements and practice for innovative developments. For further information please click here (only in German).
Due to Brexit, new rules on product labelling and approval will apply in the UK from January 2021. For products for which certification by independent third parties is mandatory, DGUV Test will cooperate with British notified testing bodies. For further detailed information please click here (only in German).
The test principle GS-BAU-60 "Principles for testing the acoustics of construction machinery" was revised in spring 2021. In addition to adjustments to the scope of application, the procedure for sound measurement and the application of correction factors have now been explained in more detail. The GS-BAU-60 as of April 2021 can be downloaded here (PDF, 204 kB, nicht barrierefrei).
The new test principle GS BAU 18 "Principles for the testing and certification of fall-through protection of components during construction or maintenance work" has been adapted to the current state of the art and standardisation. The focus here was on the testing procedure and the comprehensibility of the test specifications. There was also a fundamental innovation. The GS BAU 18 with status May 2020 can be downloaded here (PDF, 589 kB, nicht barrierefrei).
Increased accident figures and the currently still unknown date of publication of the new draft standard for quick-change devices have made it necessary to revise the GS BAU 25 test principle "Principles for the testing of quick-change devices". It was adapted to the draft standard and now corresponds to the current state of the art. The GS BAU 25 with status February 2020 can be downloaded here (PDF, 185 kB, nicht barrierefrei).
The compatibility between attachment tools and quick-change system and their correct use are particularly important points to avoid accidents on construction sites. Further information and a specialist article on this topic can be found in the current issue of BauPortal (02/2020, p. 41), under the following link or as a download here (PDF, 1.5 MB, nicht barrierefrei) (only in German).