Article 1.1.6. Ergonomics - annex 1 machinery directive 2006/42/EC

The text in RED color is the amended or added text in comparison with the former 98/37/EC machinery directive.

1.1.6. Ergonomics

Under the intended conditions of use, the discomfort, fatigue and physical and psychological stress faced by the operator must be reduced to the minimum possible, taking into account ergonomic principles such as:

- allowing for the variability of the operator's physical dimensions, strength and stamina,

- providing enough space for movements of the parts of the operator's body,

- avoiding a machine-determined work rate,

- avoiding monitoring that requires lengthy concentration,

- adapting the man/machinery interface to the foreseeable characteristics of the operators.


The chapter on ergonomics has been added in the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Original Comment:

Le chapitre traitant de l’ergonomie a été rajouté dans la directive machines 2006/42/CE.