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Motorised hand tools

When buying hand tools:

  • Go for vibration-damping tools.
  • Go for vibration-damping handles which provide insulation from the cold.
  • Go for low-noise tools.
  • Go for tools which are lightweight and easy to use.
  • Choose tools offering the option of connecting dust extraction.

A high level of vibration (see the section on vibration) may restrict the amount of time in which the machine can be used every day.

The motor must be switched off and any plug or air connection disconnected when cleaning, adjusting or replacing tools.

Minors under 18 must initially not operate vibrating hand tools and similar with a load in excess of 130 dB(HA) unless this work is taking place in connection with training which aims to give them skills (e.g. as apprentices), and unless they receive the proper instruction.

However, minors are allowed to carry out short-term work with vibrating tools (of less than 30 minutes’ duration over the course of a full working day).

There must be usage instructions in Danish which indicate how to set up, operate and maintain the machine in connection with work.

Chainsaws

Only power chainsaws which are type-approved or CE-labelled may be used. Minors under 18 must not work with power chainsaws. Power must be maintained carefully, with frequent chain lubrication, chain tension checking, etc. When the chain is filed, it must be checked using a measuring tool.

The chain brake must be kept clean, and it is necessary to check that it works.
The idle speed of the motor must be set so that it is considerably lower than the speed of the chain connection.

  • The user must have a good knowledge of how the power chainsaw is designed, how it works and must be maintained, and the user must be familiar with the safety-related requirements.
  • People who have no experience of chainsaws must be trained by a person with a good technical knowledge before they are permitted to work independently with power chainsaws.
  • You must not work with power chainsaws from ladders, unless the ladder has a specially designed work platform.
  • You must only use specially designed power chainsaws (bar chainsaws) above shoulder height.
  • You must only use saws with combustion engines indoors when effective ventilation is provided due to the exhaust gas given off.
  • You must only use electric power chainsaws at voltages above 50 volts in dry weather outdoors.

You must use the following personal protection equipment when working with power chainsaws:

  • Safety helmet.
  • Eye protection, protective goggles or a visor.
  • Leg protection, trousers with cut-resistant inserts on the fronts of the legs.
  • Foot protection, safety boots with cut-resistant inserts.
  • Ear defenders, when the noise load exceeds 85dB(A).

Minors under 18 must not operate power chainsaws unless this is taking place in connection with training which aims to give them skills (e.g. as apprentices), and unless they are to receive the proper instruction.

There must be usage instructions in Danish which indicate how to set up, operate and maintain the machine in connection with work.