Where are emergency stop buttons used?
Emergency stop push buttons are found in most industrial and commercial environments. They are used anywhere where you will find large machinery. E-stop buttons can also be found in public environments where there may be risks, for example, escalators and elevators.
When should an emergency stop button be used?
E-stop buttons are used to prevent accidents and harm. Therefore, if danger is suspected at any point, the emergency stop button is to be used. The button can also be used when the workflow is required to stop immediately.
What are the regulations for manufacturing/supplying machinery to the UK?
To ensure optimum safety, compliance with “The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 No. 1597“ is essential.
Can I ship these products overseas?
It is always important to check the local requirements of your product. If you decide to ship your products overseas, pay attention to global certifications such as CE, UL, CSA and CCC.
Do emergency stops need to be labelled?
It is not generally a requirement for e-stops to be labelled using text or imagery. Some guidance recommends avoiding text as the colour of the button is immediately identifiable. Wording can take longer to read and become confusing. It is always recommended to check the requirements for your application and country.
What is the difference between a stop button and an emergency stop button?
Standard stop buttons are used alongside a start button for typical machine operation. They are usually black and can be placed amongst other functions on a control panel. Emergency stop buttons are designed to stand out and should only be used in emergencies. They should not be installed close to standard buttons as this may cause confusion.
Which standards should my emergency stop button meet?
Standards will vary per country. For the UK, you can refer to EN ISO 13850:2015 for information on e-stop functional requirements and design features.
Can emergency stop buttons be covered?
No, it is recommended that you do not cover your emergency stop button. They are required to be quickly and easily accessible in an emergency. It would require multiple actions to operate which would delay an emergency and potentially cause additional risk.