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

In just one day, design engineers learn how risk assessments can be integrated as efficiently as possible into the development processes of machines 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 machines 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 - Practice pure!

This seminar forms the first day of our 2-day practical 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 design engineers in CE processes.
  • Introduction example: Why apparently good solutions do not always meet the legal requirements.
  • Legally required risk assessment: WHO has to do WHEN?
  • 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 "integration of security" mean?
  • What standards support safe design? Do they have to be applied?
  • Caution when delegating construction work or risk assessments to third parties!
  • Beware! The construction 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 with the "predictable misuse" everything - and what not.
  • Picture 1 from EN ISO 12100 as a perfect guide to risk assessment and risk reduction.
  • Connections between EN ISO 12100 and the control construction standards EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 13849-2.

Technical and design requirements 

  • What technical requirements are required by law.
  • Strategies for the "inherently safe design".
  • Why not separating 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 protective devices (separating or not separating).
  • 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 design engineers tend to exaggerate safety solutions and sometimes incur high costs for your company or your customers. Less is often more - but only according to the legally permitted concept!

Specially suitable for

    • Designers and planners
    • Technical ladder and construction ladder
    • Project leaders and project managers
    • Job entrants in design departments

    Organizational matters


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

    Seminar times:

    • 09:00 - ca. 16:30 o'clock

    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.