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Client Alert

December 6, 2018

Compliance Risks Related to Use of Machines and Equipment at U.S. Workplaces


We would like to bring to your attention a compliance challenge in the United States that we have observed seriously affecting German companies with U.S. operations. This relates to specialty equipment and other products that German companies purchase or manufacture for use in their U.S. workplaces.  Such equipment may need a safety certification required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or “OSHA.” As explained further below, the European safety mark “CE” is not sufficient to reach compliance in the United States.

Failure to obtain the U.S. certification can lead to costly fines and cumbersome orders from OSHA to fix the problem by obtaining the certification retroactively for equipment already in use.

This client alert, found here, was originally written in German.