EN 574:1996

Safety of machinery - Two-hand control devices - Functional aspects - Principles for design

Publication date:   Dec 29, 2001

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Jun 25, 2008


CEN/TC 114 Safety of machinery

European Norm

13.110   Safety of machinery



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This standard specifies the safety requirements of a two-hand control device and its logic unit as defined in 3.1. This standard describes the main characteristics of two-hand control devices for the achievement of safety and sets out combinations of functional characteristics for three types. This standard does not apply to devices intended to be used as enabling devices, hold to run devices and as special control devices. This standard does not specify with which machines two-hand control devices shall be used. It also does not specify which types of two-hand-control device shall be used. Moreover it does not specify the distance between the two-hand control device and the danger zone (see 9.8). The standard provides requirements and guidance on the design and selection (based on a risk assessment) of two-hand control devices including their assessment, the prevention of defeat and the avoidance of faults. The standard also provides requirements and guidance for two-hand control devices containing a programmable electronic system (see 7). This standard applies to all two-hand control devices, independent of the energy used, including: - two-hand control devices which are or are not integral parts of a machine. - two-hand control devices which consist of one or more than one separate elements.

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Machinery - Safety of machinery: general essential health and safety requirements


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EN 574:1996
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Jun 25, 2008


EN 574:1996/prA1