The Activity will focus on Tools and comprise a priority-setting exercise identifying products for future Joint Actions. Hence, only one product group will be selected for sampling and testing within the framework of JA2014.
In the past 5 years, there have been a significant number of RAPEX notifications (e.g. 9 saws, 9 angle grinders, 5 hard bladed cutter accessories for grass trimmers). US data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (there is no equivalent EU data) identifies more than 15 categories of power tools for which injury and death data has been collected.
Market surveillance authorities from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, and Slovenia, are participating in this particular Activity.
• To develop best practices and exchange experience with carrying out market surveillance activities for power tools;
• To detect dangerous power tools on the marketplace and take action against them;
• To develop a priority-list of power tools to be targeted in future joint actions.
Six Project meetings will be organised in total and it is envisaged that the activity will take around 24 months to be finalised.
The Activity anticipates the testing of an estimated 40 power tools.