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Machine safety highlights Ligna: 1995.

Perhaps the most noteworthy trend evidenced at Ligna Hanover '95 was not a development that can be tied to any one company, but rather to a common theme: health and safety.

As of Jan. 1, 1995, machinery makers wishing to sell into the European Community market must meet harmonized safety standards and earn the CE mark (Connumaute Europeene) for each of their machines. The CE mark is earned only after meeting some relatively tough standards such as perimeter guarding, enclosures, electrical codes and dust collection in accordance with the essential safety requirements of the European Machinery Directive.

As a result of the standard, companies poured a great deal of their research and development money into creating new safety structures, photocell guards, cages, hoods, rewiring, electronic brakes, lockout switches, etc. Estimates of the cost impact of compliance varied anywhere from 5 to 305 percent per machine. Several machinery manufacturers called the CE-mark program, "regulatory overkill" while others endorsed it as a good approach to further reduce machine-related accidents.
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