This standard defines relevant requirements set out in Annex I of EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, relating to machines which were placed on the European Economic Area (EEA) market for the first time, with the intent of simplifying the means of proving conformity with such requirements. Once this standard is designated a harmonized standard in the Official Journal of the European Communities, a manufacturer applying this standard may assume compliance with the requirements of the Machinery Directive (the so-called presumption of conformity). This European Standard specifies the safety requirements for the design, manufacture and information for safe use of horizontal baling presses for compacting waste material or recyclable fractions (for example, paper, plastics, textiles, cans, cardboard, mixed waste), hereafter referred to as "materials". The standard covers only presses fed by conveyors or by feed hoppers where the bales are bound manually or automatically. The feed hoppers covered by this European Standard are only fed mechanically or by hand. The scope of this European Standard applies for any mechanical feed equipment, such as belt type loading and feed conveyors or bin lifts, forming an integral part of the baling press assembly, excluding pneumatic equipment. However, pneumatic conveying systems are outside the scope of this European Standard. This European Standard does not apply to cranes, lift trucks or other mobile plant used to load materials into the feed hopper. Nor does it apply to hazards arising from loading the feed hopper using cranes, lift trucks or other mobile plant. This European Standard does not apply to pre-conditioning equipment connected at the inlet side of the feed hopper (for example, sorter, shredder, stand-alone perforator), nor to equipment at the outlet side of the baling press. This European Standard does not deal with suction and de-dusting mechanisms. This European Standard does not apply to hazards arising from the materials being processed (for example, asbestos, clinical waste, aerosol containers). This European Standard does not cover risks arising from installation of baling presses in places accessible to the public. All hazards mentioned in clause 4 are dealt with in this standard. This European Standard is not applicable for horizontal baling presses which are manufactured before the date of its publication as an European Standard. This standard contains the German version of EN 16252:2012 which has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 397 "Baling presses - Safety requirements" at the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). The national interests during the preparation are represented by Committee NA 060-03-30 AA "Ballenpressen - Sicherheitsanforderungen" ("Baling presses - Safety requirements") at Technical Section "Industrial Thermoprocessing" of the Mechanical Engineering Standards Committee (NAM) at DIN. Representatives of manufacturers and users of horizontal baling presses, and of the employers' liability insurance associations contributed to this standard.