The Machinery sector is an important part of the Engineering Industry. Machinery consists of an assembly of components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application. The drive system of machinery is powered by energy other than human or animal effort.
The directive covers machinery in addition to interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains/ropes/webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices, and partly completed machinery.
It aims to ensure both the safety of machinery, and its related products. The directive ensures that the potential for machinery to create hazardous situations is minimized or eliminated.