"The manufacturer is obliged to carry out a hazard analysis in order to identify all hazards relating to his machine; he must then design and construct the machine taking his analysis into account."

Every German manufacturer of machinery is obliged to carry out a hazard analysis, according to the Machinery Ordinance (9. GPSGV) taking into account RL 98/37/EG (Machinery Directive) and the German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health, in order to identify all hazards connected with the machine.
The machine is then to be designed and constructed on the basis of the analysis.
Evaluation of the identified risks based upon DIN EN 1050 "Hazard analysis, risk assessment, description of protective measures".

Like the classic construction and process FMEA, the Failure Modes & Effects Analysis is a systematic, semi-quantitative risk analysis method. Unlike the FMEA in its conventional form, the system FMEA is a top-down method.
The possible errors are considered at the level of the product and its possible effects on the Customer are assessed.
The FMEA has proven to be an effective method for risk analysis and risk protection in development and production.


Safety technology deals with the risks of modern industrial society, to which people and their environment are exposed. It concentrates especially upon these risks that are connected with the use of technology, the operation of industrial equipment and the handling of materials.
The legal regulations of safety technology are primarily for industrial safety, which is to say safety and health protection at work, and protection of the environment. Arrangements, safety of information and the protection of properties also often come under safety technology. Safety technology is also used in the interpretation of safeguarding against failure, operational safety and availability as regards machinery and plant in industry.
It is important to always make sure that all those involved agree upon the same interpretation of the term safety technology.