Last reviewed 11 January 2021

All new work equipment must, by design, construction and supply, comply with one or more legal requirements when first placed on the market or put into service, to ensure that it can be used safely and without harm.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its guides to the design, manufacture and supply of new products to take account of the position now that the UK has left the European Union and the transition period, under which it continued to apply EU rules, has concluded.

The guides concern: designing and building for safety; assessing product conformity; demonstrating product compliance; and providing users with relevant information.

They provide a summary of the relevant UK law implementing these provisions and also cover EU law where goods are intended for export to the European single market.

Details of the UK law on the design and supply of products can be found at GOV.UK.

Placing Products for Use at Work on the Great Britain Market includes the change to UKCA instead of CE marking.

UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in England, Wales and Scotland. It covers most goods which previously required the CE marking.

Placing Products on the Single European Market emphasises that UK businesses wishing to supply goods into the single European market must meet its rules for product conformity and in many cases show this by CE marking.

It describes the common requirements for industrial products that must be met, primarily from a product safety perspective.

It must be remembered that the EU single market includes not only the 27 Member States but also Switzerland and the three non-EU members of the European Economic Area (EEA): Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.