The Directive Explained

Directive 2000/14/EC relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and first published in May 2000.
The Directive was applied from January 3rd, 2002.

The implementation of the Directive has a number of objectives.
Firstly, it aims to protect the health and well-being of citizens as well as protecting the environment; the European Commission views noise in the environment as one of the main, local environmental problems in Europe.

The Directive plans to prevent technical obstacles to trade. These may arise out of member states' differing noise requirements for outdoor equipment.

Another aim is the simplification of existing legislation and the creation of a framework for future noise reduction as and when technological developments allow.

Finally, the Directive aims to provide the public with information on the noise emitted by such equipment.

The regulation applies to a wide range of product types from gardening equipment to construction and waste-management equipment. Such products must bear a CE-mark and the indication of their guaranteed sound-power level and be accompanied by an EC declaration of conformity before they can be placed on the market.
The guaranteed sound-power level is the sound-power level as defined in ISO 3744 with the addition of uncertainties (due to production variations and measurement procedures), which the manufacturer confirms will not be exceeded. Therefore, in order to obtain estimates of these uncertainties, a sampling procedure on the production line may be appropriate.

The Directive also places sound-power limits on 22 of the 57 types of equipment for use outdoors. Of these 22, 11 were already subject to noise limits laid down in 7 older Directives which are now withdrawn and replaced by the new Directive. The other 11 types are subject to noise limits for the first time. All manufacturers of products subject to noise limits must follow conformity assessment procedures under the supervision of notified bodies which are appointed by EU member states.

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in products being prohibited from being placed on the EU market.
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Equipment lists:

The new Directive is available on the official European Union website in pdf format : http://ec.europa.eu/environment/noise/pdf/d0014_en.pdf

The United Kingdom is the first EU-country to implement the Directive (Statutory Instrument 2001 N.1701) : http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2001/20011701.htm


Equipment subject to noise limits*

· builders' hoists for the transport of goods (combustion-engine driven)
· compaction machines (only vibrating and non-vibrating rollers, vibratory plates and vibratory rammers)
· compressors (< 350 kW)
· concrete-breakers and picks, hand-held
· construction winches (combustion-engine driven)
· dozers (< 500 kW)
· dumpers (< 500 kW)
· excavators, hydraulic or rope-operated (< 500 kW)
· excavator-loaders (< 500 kW)
· graders (< 500 kW)
· hydraulic power packs
· landfill compactors, loader-type with bucket (< 500 kW)
· lawnmowers (excluding agricultural and forestry equipment, and multi-purpose devices, the main motorised component of which has an installed power of more than 20 kW))
· lawn trimmers/lawn-edge trimmers
· lift trucks, combustion-engine driven, counterbalanced (excluding "other, counterbalanced lift trucks" with a rated capacity of not more than 10 tonnes)
· loaders (< 500 kW)
· mobile cranes
· motor hoes (< 3 kW)
· paver-finishers (excluding paver-finishers equipped with a high-compaction screed)
· power generators (< 400 kW)
· tower cranes
· welding generators

*For an exact definition of the equipment listed above, please refer to Annex I (p.13) of the Directive. For a complete listing of the limit values, refer to the table at the end of Article 12 in the Directive.

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Equipment subject to noise marking only*

· aerial access platforms with combustion engine
· brush cutters
· builders' hoists for the transport of goods (with electric motor)
· building site band-saw machines
· building site circular-saw benches
· chain saws, portable
· combined high-pressure flushers and suction vehicles
· compaction machines (explosion rammers only)
· concrete or mortar mixers
· construction winches (with electric motor)
· conveying and spraying machines for concrete and mortar
· conveyor belts
· cooling equipment on vehicles
· drill rigs
· equipment for loading and unloading silos or tanks on trucks
· glass recycling containers
· grass trimmers/grass edge trimmers
· hedge trimmers
· high-pressure flushers
· high-pressure water jet machines
· hydraulic hammers
· joint cutters
· leaf blowers
· leaf collectors
· lift trucks, combustion-engine driven, counterbalanced (only "other counterbalanced lift trucks" with a rated capacity of not more than 10 tonnes)
· mobile waste containers
· paver-finishers (equipped with a high-compaction screed)
· piling equipment
· pipelayers
· piste caterpillars
· power generators (>= 400 kW)
· power sweepers
· refuse collection vehicles
· road-milling machines
· scarifiers
· shredders/chippers
· snow-removing machines with rotating tools (self-propelled, excluding attachments)
· suction vehicles
· trenchers
· truck mixers
· water pump units (not for use under water)

*For an exact definition of the equipment listed above, please refer to Annex I (p.13) of the Directive. For a complete listing of the limit values, refer to the table at the end of Article 12 in the Directive.

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