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Legal Compliance

Legal Compliance: we keep track of the current legal situation

Rules and regulations on a national, European and international level are constantly being adapted to the changing circumstances. The TÜV AUSTRIA legal compliance experts monitor these adaptations very closely and help you implement those amended regulations that are relevant for your organization.

Our portfolio includes the following services (excerpt):

Legal Compliance

The Austrian Trade Regulations Act (DE) and most of the other construction and engineering law regulations (railways act, water rights act, pipeline act, natural gas act, etc.) specify a verification of compliance with the administrative notices and the respective construction and engineering law regulations. A comprehensive check of all fields of law is not absolutely compulsory. Rather, this kind of “comprehensive check” gives the responsible officers in companies the chance to identify any potential for technical and legal improvements and thus attain personal legal security. As the only accredited body in Austria for a number of these verification obligations, the experts at TÜV AUSTRIA perform their work as trained technicians with a profound knowledge of the law. The high standing of TÜV AUSTRIA documents as well as thousands of satisfied customers and the unrestricted acceptance by pertinent authorities just go to show that we are the uncontested market leader in this field in Austria.

Submissions for official procedures

Companies must be able to respond quickly to altered market needs and sales markets. Rapid increases in production, alterations and additions or modifications to the machinery are often needed if they want to remain competitive. We offer you the support of our experienced experts so as to guarantee a fast and smooth course of the necessary approval procedures.

Guidance in approval procedure

We can offer the following services for approval procedures:

  • Determination of the approvals that are necessary for a project
  • Clarification of the actual approval situation for the company (§ 82b) through an inspection of the official approvals and records so as to avoid any duplication of approvals
  • Contact with and visits to the authorities in advance, as well as accompaniment to the pertinent authorities throughout the approval procedure
  • Help in compiling the necessary application documents, such as general operating descriptions
  • Preparation of any lists of machinery and other enclosures as well as advice during the preparation of the necessary plans and documents
  • Drafting of any assessments required by the authorities for an approval by experts from the TÜV AUSTRIA group, such as noise predictions and assessments, various immission measurements, documentary evidence of machine safety and CE labeling

Change in the approval condition

Adjustments in production, alterations and additions or modifications to the machinery can lead to requirements in approvals being revised/adapted or even completely canceled. We offer you the support of our experienced experts from TÜV AUSTRIA for these revisions or cancellation of requirements in approvals.

Approval management, inspection of records & archives of authorities

Apart from legal requirements, approvals also govern the rights and duties of your company. The presence and knowledge of their content is thus of fundamental importance for every company and every organization. We help you with their procurement, structured appraisal, right through to the filing and archiving of the approvals and application documents.

Legal register/environmental law register 

In the course of joint inspections, we identify the statutory obligations from a defined field of law for your company or organization. Our expertise lies in the following areas of construction and engineering law:

  • Environmental law
  • Trade law
  • Water rights
  • Employee protection
  • Railway law
  • Energy law
  • Gas industry law
  • Pipeline law

As a result, you will receive a summary of the corresponding laws and regulations. This leads to a greater degree of legal security in your company. The lawful operation of your plant and equipment is also of great importance for your employees and customers.

Legal information system

You receive comprehensive and prompt information about the development of legal conditions. We will instruct you about which statutory changes have been made and which adjustments these necessitate on your part.

Management of verification obligations - TÜV AUSTRIA Inspection Manager

We keep any eye on the current verification obligations for you so as to guarantee you legal security at all times. Compliance with deadlines as well as tracking the proper provision of services are the two key elements to ensure your operator’s responsibility. Further information about TUV AUSTRIA Inspection Manager.

CE check

Different legal conditions have to be taken into account if new products are brought onto not only the Austrian but also the European markets. We prepare an appropriate summary and explain to you the specific importance of your obligations – from the product launch to the content of the instruction manual. You can, of course, also avail yourself of this service for products that are already on the market to increase your legal security. 

Additional Services

TÜV AUSTRIA will also be happy to be of assistance in the following areas:

  • Business takeover, operational handover & purchase check: During the takeover or operational handover of a business, care has to be taken to ensure that the rights and obligations from the existing approvals are known to both parties.
  • Due diligence check: Following the purchase or takeover of plants, facilities, equipment, buildings etc., care must be taken to ensure that the rights and obligations contained in the construction and engineering law approvals are observed by the vendor.
  • Testing collecting pans: Chemicals, flammable liquids as well as water-polluting substances must be collected and/or stored in collecting pans. In the same way, the areas around production plants, loading facilities and petrol stations are to be designed as collecting pans. The condition of these kinds of collecting pans normally has to be checked every 5 years in accordance with water law requirements. As the result of our tests, you will receive a statement on the condition of the collecting pan incl. a descriptive photo documentation.
  • Testing railway facilities: Operators of railway installations or vehicles are obliged to operate these in accordance with the law. In other words, the railway installations (rails, points, buffers etc.) and vehicles have to undergo routine inspections and tests.
  • Testing safety and hazardous materials cabinets: Safety and hazardous materials cabinets are used to store flammable liquids as well as toxins, acids, lyes, hazardous materials, pesticides, radioactive isotopes and explosive substances, amongst other things. The requirements on these kinds of safety and hazardous materials cabinets are regulated by law and official instructions. As the result of our tests, you will receive a test certificate confirming their compliance with the specifications.

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