This European Standard defines limits for physical contacts between machines and humans that are caused by movement of the machine as part of its intended use or foreseeable misuse. It covers all types of machines that are designed to function where people can be present without physical barriers and as a result can contact those people. It also covers hazardous mechanical contacts of humans with surroundings that are caused by human fall originated by the movement of a machine. It includes machines that contact people as part of their function and machines that do not require human contact. It encompasses interactions that are intentional or unintentional.
Machines include but are not limited to, fixed robots, mobile robots, collaborative robots, vehicles, machine tools, moving equipment, doors and powered doors, flying robots, exoskeletons, care and domestic servant robots, hand tools.
Requirements that are mandated by local, national or international regulations take precedence over this standard.
Medical devices are not covered by this European Standard.
Legislation related to this standard
Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast)
prEN ISO 21260
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