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Reasonably foreseeable misuse

Machinery manufacturers are obliged to perform a risk analysis for their products. The risk analysis is initially based upon the "intended use" of the product. This is the purpose of the product as indicated by the manufacturer. The relevant statutory provisions (such as the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC) require that consideration must also be given to risks arising from "foreseeable abnormal situations", e.g. faults. In addition, the expected use is to be considered. This is described as "reasonably foreseeable misuse" in machinery directive. In KAN's view, it is therefore important that standards consider not only the intended use, but also the reasonably foreseeable misuse.

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