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We have published two technical books in which notable authors deal with various aspects of the safety of machines and plants as well as the EU standards and regulations on machine safety:

"Safety on machines and engineering plants" and "Protection of human life in practice". In addition, we would recommend you to read the following referring to this subject:

mrl news / Edition 2021/02


  • There are many ways to a safe machine
  • Anniversary: Five years of tec.nicum
  • Why manipulation protection is important
  • Safety solutions to prevent unexpected start-up
  • Placing products on the UK market after Brexit
  • Risk assessment in accordance with the Industrial Safety Regulation – mandatory or optional?
  • Safe control technology on smaller machinery: integrated or separated?
  • The tec.nicum academy seminar programme for 2021/22

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mrl news / Edition 2021/01


  • Editorial: New solutions for the safety of machinery, occupational H & S and infection prevention
  • Revision of EN ISO 14119
  • New statistics from the German Federal Institute for Occupational H & S
  • Guest article: EN 60204-1: Aspects from practice in relation to ‘earthing’
  • White paper: Practical safety solution for setup operation
  • Testing of active optoelectronic protective devices
  • New products and services for infection prevention from Schmersal
  • The tec.nicum academy seminar programme for 2021

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mrl news / Issue 2020.02

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  • Editorial: Occupational safety during the coronavirus pandemic
  • New: tec.nicum Support Ticket
  • Seminars from the tec.nicum academy
  • Industrial robot safety - what's new?
  • tec.nicum now offering companies risks assessment for infection prevention
  • Lived practice rather than grey theory
  • Risk assessments made easy


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Machine Safety in Europe

A book looking at current issues in machine safety

What factors do the designers and vendors of machines have to take into account when marketing their products in the European Union? This is the question answered by the book published by the Schmersal Group called "Maschinensicherheit in Europa" (Machine Safety in Europe).

In 30 essays on 400 richly illustrated pages, 26 authors present the most important regulations governing machine safety. The essays span from functional safety to fluid power systems and pressure equipment directives. The authors also give an insight into markets beyond the EU including China, Japan, Russia and the USA, and introduce the regulations in these countries.

The book will be of interest to both the designers of international plant and machinery and the safety engineers operating the systems. The authors of the articles are all experts in their respective fields, and explain the topics in an understandable and comprehensive manner, independently of any manufacturer.


ISBN: 978-3-935966-26-9, Hardcover, 400 pages,

© March 2014, K. A. Schmersal GmbH, Editor: Frank Schmidt

We are offering a limited number of complimentary copies to customers in the US. Please request your copy with this form.

Design Of Safety Guards Under Observation Of ISO14119

Position monitoring of moveable guards is described in detail in ISO 14119 "Safety of machinery - Interlocking devices associated with guards - Principles for design and selection" (German version: DIN EN ISO 14119: 2013). This standard was published on 11 April 11, 2014 in the Official Journal of the European Commission as a European standard, harmonized under the MD. As an ISO standard, it is also valid beyond the European Union.

This brochure's objective is to aid designers of machinery and plants with standard-compliant design of moveable guards, taking into consideration ISO 14119 and other relevant regulations. The guide walks through the process of designing safety guards, from initial risk assessment, safety circuit design, choosing the right safety devices, to validation and documentation.

24 pages, with wall poster. 

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OSHA Publications

Occupational Safety & Health Administration has published a few brochures of particular interest to Machine Guarding and general safety practices:

OSHA 3170 - Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations
60 pages, 2007

OSHA 3885 - Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs
40 pages, 2016

OSHA 3302 - All About OSHA
40 pages, 2016

OSHA 2209 - Small Business Handbook
56 pages, 2005

OSHA 3000 - Employer Rights and Responsibilities Following a Federal OSHA Inspection
28 pages, 2016


Canadian Safety Publications

Various Canadian safety agencies have also published machine safety guidelines:

Guideline for Safeguarding Machinery and Equipment
(BC) 107 pages, 2008
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Guidelines for Pre-Start Health and Safety Reviews
(ON) 42 pages, 2001
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Guide RG-597: Fixed guards and safety distances
(QC) 71 pages, 2009
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Best of MRL News

This book is designed to provide background knowledge and additional information on the subject of machine safety, as well as practical tips and helpful suggestions that can be applied to individual applications. It consists of a series of articles written by our Schmersal colleagues as well as other well-known experts.

It is divided into the following chapters:

  1. Current legal bases of machinery safety in Europe and elsewhere;
  2. New requirements placed on the design of safety-related parts of control systems (replacement of EN 954-1 and standard successor EN ISO 13 849-1:2008/2006);
  3. Other topical or new tasks and issues concerning machinery safety;
  4. Technological developments in the field of safety components.

Most of the material in the book was previous publish in our MRL-NEWS and other Schmersal publications. It provides a summarizing overview, an update, and numerous useful suggestions on the subject of safe machinery that you can make use of for your work.


ISBN: 9783926617-43-9, 200 pages, hardcover & PDF

© 2011, K. A. Schmersal GmbH. Editors: Friedrich Adams, Frank Schmidt

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ZVEI: Safety of Machinery

Are you a machine manufacturer or system integrator?
Do you update machinery?

This is what you need to consider in the future in terms of functional safety!

Notes on the application of standards EN 62061 an EN ISO 13849-1

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A New Approach to Machine Safety

A guide to EN ISO 13849-1:2006 – Safety-related Parts of Control Systems.

In this brochure we extensively highlight the core speech at the Elan lecture event 2005, which dealt with the discontinuation of the EN 954-1 standard and the new regulations in the revised standard EN ISO 13849-1. The new standard represents a paradigm shift in the philosophy of safety-related parts of machine control systems takes place to supplement probabilistic considerations to the previous proven in use deterministic considerations.

52 pages, available as PDF only

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