The aim of this Directive is to harmonise the laws of the Member States relating to noise emission standards, conformity assessment procedures, marking, technical documentation and collection of data concerning the noise emission in the environment of equipment for use outdoors. It will contribute to the smooth functioning of the internal market, while able as a basis for informed consumer choice and for the protecting human health and well-being.
This Directive only covers equipment that is placed on the market or put into service as an entire unit suitable for the intended use. Non-powered attachments that are separately placed on the market or put into service shall be excluded, except for hand-held concrete-breakers and picks and for hydraulic hammers.
Since 1 January 2002, machinery and equipment used outdoors has been subject to Directive 2000/14/EC relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors. The directive aims to make quieter products available to the market.
The directive requires all 63 machinery groups within its scope to be labelled with a CE mark and an indication of the sound power level. The intention is to supply future users with sufficient information regarding the noise emitted by the machine in question.
The "Outdoor Directive", as it is also known, particularly applies to construction equipment but also, for example, to aerial access platforms, power sweepers, cranes and compressors. It specifies methods for measuring the sound power level of all of these groups of machinery as well as the operating conditions under which such measurements should be taken. The manufacturer or the manufacturer's authorised representative established in the Community draws up an EC declaration of conformity for each type of the equipment or machinery produced and adheres the CE mark, which must also include the guaranteed sound power level, to the products.
These equipments and machineries are:
- compaction machines (vibrating rollers, vibratory plates, vibratory rammers)
- hand-held concrete-breakers and picks
- wheeled dozers
- excavators, hydraulic or rope-operated
- landfill compactors, loader-type with bucket
- mobile cranes
- lift trucks, combustion-engine driven, counterbalanced
- hydraulic power packs
- builders' hoists for the transport of goods
- construction winches (combustion-engine driven)
- tower cranes
- power generators
- welding generators