Practice seminar: Design of safe Machines - Risk Assessment in practice

In just one day, designers and planners learn how risk assessments can be integrated as efficiently as possible into the development processes of machinery or plants.

The Machinery Directive requires in Annex 1: 
"The manufacturer of machinery ...must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out ... The machinery
must then be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment."

This legal requirement to integrate safety into design processes is one of the most important success factors for the development of sufficiently safe machinery or plants!

In this 1-day seminar you will learn how to implement these requirements as efficiently and pragmatically as possible in your daily design processes.

Without legal details - pure practice!

This seminar forms the first day of our 2-day practice seminar "Efficient CE-Marking and risk assessment of machines and plants". On the second day you will receive valuable background knowledge and learn how to efficiently implement the other points of the conformity assessment procedure according to the Machinery Directive (beyond risk assessment).

Seminar program

Introduction and Overview

  • The important role of designers in CE processes.
  • Introduction example: Why apparently good solutions do not always meet the legal requirements.
  • Legally required risk assessment: WHO must WHEN do WHAT?
  • Cooperation between different departments: Mechanical engineering, control engineering, technical documentation,...
  • Security is (mostly) created in the team: Important interfaces to subcontractors and customers.
  • What does "safety integration" mean?
  • Which standards support safe design? Do they have to be applied?
  • Caution when delegating design work or risk assessments to third parties!
  • Attention! The design must be based on the law, not (only) on customer requirements!

Systematic risk assessment in accordance with EN ISO 12100

  • Risk assessment according to EN ISO 12100 - How to meet legal requirements as efficiently as possible!
  • What has to be considered in the "foreseeable misuse" - and what not.
  • Picture 1 from EN ISO 12100 as a perfect guide through the risk assessment and risk reduction.
  • Connections between EN ISO 12100 and the control engineering standards EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 13849-2.

Technical and design requirements 

  • Which technical requirements are required by law.
  • Strategies for the "inherently safe design".
  • Why protective devices (e.g. light curtains) are not always suitable to achieve the required risk reduction.
  • Calculation example for electro-sensitive protective devices (ESPEs).
  • What you should pay attention to when selecting guards or protective devices.
  • When guards must be interlocked - when tumblers are required.


By means of several exercises and examples, you will learn the practical procedure for pragmatically identifying relevant hazards in the design process, assessing the associated risks and selecting and documenting suitable (and economically justifiable) solutions for risk reduction.

You will learn why designers tend to exaggerate safety solutions and sometimes incur high costs for their company or the customers. Less is often more - but only according to the legally permitted concept!

Specially suitable for

    • designers and planners
    • technical and design managers
    • project managers
    • career starters in design departments

    Organizational matters

    Participation fee:

    • € 650,- plus. VAT (one day)
    • (incl. seminar documents, refreshments during breaks, soft drinks and lunch menu)
      All participants will receive a confirmation of participation.

    Seminar times:

    • 9:00 am - ca. 4:30 pm

    VDSI-certified event
    For participation you will receive:

    Non-binding advance reservation
    Take advantage of the possibility of non-binding advance reservation and secure your place. We will contact you if we need your definite promise or rejection.