Automotive Machinery Safety

As part of it range of services, ESC is able to provide automotive machinery safety assessments, such as MRA, PUWER and CE Marking in relation to the requirements of the automotive industry and ISO 26262.

ISO 26262

ISO 26262 - Road Vehicles – Automotive Functional SafetyISO 26262: “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety” is the adaptation of IEC 61508 to comply with needs specific to the application of electrical and/or electronic (E/E) systems within road vehicles.

This adaptation applies to all activities (including such activities as requirements specification, design, implementation, integration, verification, validation and configuration), during the safety lifecycle of safety-related systems comprised of electrical, electronic and software components.

ISO 26262 is intended to protect against increasing risks from systematic failures and random hardware failures that are associated with the increasing complexity of automotive systems by providing appropriate processes and guidelines. ISO 26262 guidance spans the development, production, service and management processes for road vehicles.

Although ISO 26262 is concerned with functional safety of E/E systems, it provides a framework within which safety-related systems based on other technologies can be considered (such as mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic technologies).

ISO 26262:

  1. provides an automotive safety lifecycle (management, development, production, operation, service, decommissioning) and supports tailoring the necessary activities during these lifecycle phases
  2. provides an automotive-specific risk-based approach to determine integrity levels [Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL)]
  3. uses ASILs to specify applicable requirements ofISO 26262 so as to avoid unreasonable residual risk
  4. provides requirements for validation and confirmation measures to ensure a sufficient and acceptable level of safety being achieved
  5. provides requirements for relations with suppliers

ISO 26262 addresses the safety-related aspects of development activities and work products. Since these aspects are frequently intertwined with function-oriented and quality-oriented development activities and work products, ISO 26262 will also be of some benefit to these processes.

Automotive Machinery Safety Assessments

ESC is able to provide machinery safety assessments, such as MRA, PUWER and CE Marking in relation to the requirements of the automotive industry.

Machinery Risk Assessments

Machinery risk assessments are the process by which the intended use (and reasonably probable misuses) of the machine, tasks and hazards and level of risk are determined.

Machinery risk assessments are key to ensuring machinery safety. By carrying out machinery risk assessments it paves the way for a level of risk reduction that is effective and economical.


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 deals with work equipment and machinery that are used every day within the workplace and aims to protect and keep people safe where equipment and machinery is used as part of work.

The aims of the PUWER regulations is:

  • Ensuring that all equipment is suitable for its intended use
  • Ensuring regular maintenance is conducted to ensure safe use
  • Competent people who have had adequate training, information and instructions are the only people that can use the equipment
  • Inspection of the equipment is conducted by a competent worker

CE Marking

The CE marking is a symbol placed on a product to indicate that the product complies with the relevant EU legislation. The CE mark is an indication that the equipment complies with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) for that product and can be considered safe to use in line with manufacturer instructions.

ESC are able to provide advice and assistance in compliance with EHSRs and EC Directives:

  • Machinery Directive 98/37/EC
  • ATEX Directive 94/9/EC
  • EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC etc.

As part of your machinery safety assessment, ESC is able to offer:

  • Quick and efficient risk assessments
  • Hazard Identification
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Recommendations on addressing any shortfalls for machinery with regards to the regulation(s) and standards that are required to be met
  • Advice and information on compliance with the relevant regulations and standards
  • A comprehensive report including all documentation required by the regulations