This European Standard specifies requirements relating to the design and construction of automatic industrial slicing machines and auxiliary components. The automatic industrial slicing machines covered by this standard are used for the cutting of meat and sausage products, cheese or other sliceable food products that can be cut using one or more blades. Automatic industrial slicing machines are designed to cut slices. A sickle blade or an eccentrically moving blade is used for cutting. As a rule, the product only moves along one axis during the cutting process. The auxiliary components covered by this standard are used for conveying slices from the cutting zone, for weighing or for sorting. This European Standard covers all the significant hazards, hazardous situations and hazardous events identified by means of risk assessment associated with automatic industrial slicing machines and auxiliary components if they are used in accordance with regulations and under the conditions of reasonably foreseeable misuse defined by the manufacturer (see Clause 4). This standard covers hazards which can arise during the commissioning, operation, cleaning, servicing and decommissioning of the machine. This standard only applies to automatic industrial slicing machines and auxiliary components that were manufactured after the date of publication of this standard. This standard applies to automatic industrial slicing machines and auxiliary components designed for industrial use. These are machines which are usually used in food processing facilities. The machines are normally permanently installed in one place. This standard does not apply to cutting machines with moving infeed slides, slicing machines that are used in for example shops, restaurants, supermarkets, canteens etc. and are already covered in EN 1974.