The European Directive on Work Equipment (89/655/EEG)
relates to safety. The directive is intended for the user or the individual responsible for the safe use of machines or lifting equipment.
This directive (89/655/EEC) ensures that every European country can enforce its own national safety policy (inspection and maintenance). It is aimed at the user of and/or the person responsible for the safe use of the machinery, installations and equipment. More often than not, this is the employer. This requires making adequate instructions for the proper use of the machinery, supervision in respect of safe use, etc.