OF EQUIPMENT USED OUTDOORS
to the start date of July 2001 for Directive 2000/14/EC, the
Commission guidelines issuing from its WG7 working group have
been under scrutiny. A lengthy first draft has been considered
by the CEA, who put forward comments in January, and by other
interested parties. The next draft will show if we have been
successful in getting our views across.
in the UK, nine notified body applicants are being assessed
by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The DTI
is seeking comments on its draft Regulations which must be
in place by July 2001.
new proposal for a Physical Agents (Noise) Directive has been
tabled by the Swedish Presidency. The proposal seeks to reduce
the risks of hearing damage to people in workplaces by setting
noise exposure action and limit values at 80 dB and 85 dB
respectively. The proposal would replace Directive 86/188/EEC
and would require a change to the Noise at Work Regulations
which have been operating since 1989.
CEA does not see a need for this proposal which has arrived
in advance of the promised review of Directive 86/188/EC and
is consulting CEA members and the HSE to decide a line to
successful meeting between the CEA and the HSE to resolve
the issue of enhanced operator visibility on excavators, loaders
and dumpers was held in January. The CEA view to assess what
is needed before the HSE launches into action was substantially
members of the CEA will measure visibility criteria on a total
of 13 of their products. They will submit the results to an
ISO working group which is seeking to update the visibility
standard ISO 5006. This standard, together with ISO 14401,
will set requirements for visibility on mobile construction
equipment, including details of what devices should be fitted
to achieve acceptable visibility safety levels.
Stage III Joint Engine Industry Proposal (JEIP) to amend Directive
97/68/EC, was presented to the Commission and Member States
in December. Some Member States wanted after-treatment to
be included while others, including the UK, did not think
it was appropriate for Stage III. One outcome of this exchange
is that the proposal may have a Stage III and a Stage IV.
Council of Ministers reached political agreement on the Physical
Agents (Vibration) Directive last November.
document is now being considered by the Social and Employment
Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. It appears that
this Committee, led by its rapporteur from Denmark, would
like to tighten the requirements by reducing the action and
limit values and the transition periods. This would severely
restrict the use of equipment in the future.
CEA is working with the HSE, Orgalime and CECE to ensure that
MEPs are made aware of the consequences.
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