Training course: Machine safety – design and modification


Systematically improve machine safety across your organisation.

Target group

  • Prevention advisors
  • Members of the technical department, engineering division
  • Members of the procurement department (modules 1 to 3)


  • What to look for when purchasing machinery and equipment;
  • To what extent can modifications be made to machinery, and what to do if more modifications are required;
  • Select the most appropriate collective protective equipment based on legal requirements and company policies;
  • Verify the reliability of the collective protective equipment used.

How does it work?

Our training course on machine safety comprises 10 modules:

  1. Differences between user and manufacturer
    This module specifies the differences between both. Essentially, this means that participants will learn when the Machinery Directive is applicable and when the Royal Decree on the use of work equipment is applicable. The module also explains which modifications can and cannot be made to machinery, and the potential (legal) consequences thereof.
  2. Obligations of the manufacturer
    In this module, the Machinery Directive is explained in more detail: field of application, procedures for obtaining CE certification, essential safety requirements, technical information, the CE certificate of compliance and the CE mark, and potential legal consequences.
  3. Obligations of the operator
    This module provides more info on the Royal Decree on the use of work equipment and any obligations with regard to prevention and procurement policies (Codex).
  4. Principles of machine safety
    This module further explains the link between type A standards and the risk assessment. It also details how to implement risk assessments. Standards explained: NBN EN ISO 12100.
  5. Principles of machine safeguarding
    There are various ways to achieve adequate safety in hazard zones. This module discusses the pros and cons of each safeguarding device so that the most appropriate option can be selected. Standards explained: NBN EN 349 – NBN EN ISO 13857 – NBN EN ISO 13855 – NBN EN ISO 10218.
  6. Reliability of machine safeguarding devices
    Are the safety switches or safety light screens suitable for the relevant hazards? Explanation of standards NBN EN 954 – NBN EN ISO 13849 1&2 – NBN EN IEC 62061 – NBN EN 1088.
  7. Real-life cases
    This course examines a number of real-life cases in which the above principles are applied. Company-specific examples can be used upon request at an additional cost (charged on a time and expense basis).
  8. Other aspects of machine safety
    This module looks into other sources of energy (pneumatics, hydraulics), electrical hazards (associated with machinery), emergency shutdown systems (explanation of NBN EN ISO 13850) and control panels.
  9. Principles of ergonomics
    Explanation of key ergonomic features in the design of machines and installations.
  10. Manuals and user instructions
    Examples and info on how to draw up user manuals and instructions. Specific instructions for Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures are also included.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Course type:
    • In-company training for groups of up to 15 people.
    • Open training for groups of 10 to 20 participants.


  • Improved procurement process and reduced risks through better knowledge in the field.
  • Greater insight in machine safeguarding devices will result in a better design and better modifications to help minimise hazards.


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