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BS EN 349:1993+A1:2008

Safety of machinery. Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body

Status : Current   Published : May 1993



BS EN 349:1993 specifies minimum gaps relative to parts of the human body in machinery and is applicable when adequate safety can be achieved by this method. It aims to enable the user (e.g. standard makers, designers of machinery) to avoid hazards from crushing zones.

Annexes have been included in the 2008 revision specifying the relationship between this standard and the essential requirements of:

In specifying minimum gaps a number of aspects have to be taken into consideration, including

  • accessibility of the crushing zones
  • anthropometric data, taking into account ethnic groups likely to be found in European countries
  • technical and practical aspects.

BS EN 349 is applicable to risks from crushing hazards only and is not applicable to other possible hazards, e.g. impact, shearing, drawing-in, where additional or other measures need to be taken.


Standard NumberBS EN 349:1993+A1:2008
TitleSafety of machinery. Minimum gaps to avoid crushing of parts of the human body
Publication Date15 May 1993
Cross ReferencesEN 292-1:1991, EN 292-2, EN 294, 98/37/EC, 98/79/EC, 2006/42/EC
International RelationshipsEN 349:1992
Amended ByAmendment, October 2008. Amends and replaces BS EN 349:1993.
Draft Superseded By90/75509 DC
DescriptorsCrushing (accident), Safety measures, Accident prevention, Human body, Anthropometric characteristics, Occupational safety, Equipment safety, Zones of reach, Ergonomics
Title in FrenchSécurité des machines. Ecartements minimaux pour prévenir les risques d'écrasement de parties du corps humain
Title in GermanSicherheit von Maschinen. Mindestabstände zur Vermeidung des Quetschens von Körperteilen
ISBN978 0 580 60963 3
File Size502.7 KB

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