Noise from outdoor equipment: compliance and guidance
- Regulatory Delivery and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
- Part of:
- Business regulation
- First published:
- 1 April 2015
Guidance for users, manufacturers and importers on noise from outdoor equipment.
If you are a user, or manufacturer or importer of machinery designed for use outdoors, such as lawnmowers or generators, you need to understand the Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for Use Outdoors Directive 2000/14/EC.
Machinery designed for use outdoors is subject to noise limit and product marking requirements and must be tested by a UK Accreditation Service approved notified body.
Products must have a technical file, EC declaration of conformity and be CE marked.
The manufacturer or its authorised representative should ensure that a copy of the EC declaration of conformity for each type of equipment is uploaded to the EC portal. Guidance can be downloaded below:
Noise application guidance notes (PDF, 549KB, 22 pages)
For equipment placed on the market or put into service in the UK a copy of the EC declaration of conformity may also be sent by email to Regulatory Delivery.
If the equipment or machinery is subject to noise limits, the notified body will inspect the production facilities to assess quality assurance procedures in accordance with the regulations. It will test the equipment or machinery and issue a technical file. This file can be used by the responsible person to produce the declaration of conformity for the machine.
Subcontracting and self-certifying
Notified bodies can subcontract some of the testing procedures, but subcontractors and their facilities must meet EN 45001 criteria.
For equipment covered by noise marking only, businesses can self-certify in line with the appropriate ISO test standard.
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Published: 1 April 2015