This part of the Directive enhances and supplements Part XIII (Tools and Machinery) [] of the COHSR and should be read in that context.

13.1 General

13.1.1 Any policies and procedures that are specific to the employer and worksite will be developed in consultation with the policy and/or workplace committees.

13.2 Design and Construction

13.2.1 Employees shall ensure that the tool end of any flexible-shaft portable power tool is secured in a manner that will prevent the flexible shaft from whipping when the motor is started.

13.2.2 All tools and machinery used by employees shall meet the appropriate ergonomic standard. In the absence of any "appropriate standard" the manufacturer's recommendations shall be used when developing preventive measures to address risk and when assessing ergonomic-related hazards. In addition, whenever possible, tools will be used with handles that can be used by both left-handed and right-handed people, are shaped so the wrist remains straight where possible (e.g., pistol shaped, or in-line handle); and fit well in the hand.

13.3 Operation and Use

13.3.1 An employee using a pneumatic portable power tool shall shut off the air supply to that tool and bleed the air line before disconnecting it from the tool, unless the air line is equipped with a quick-disconnect coupling that makes such precautions unnecessary.

13.3.2 A pneumatic portable power tool or air hose shall not be used such that an air stream might be directed forcibly against the body of any person.

13.3.3 To the extent practicable, exposure to continuous vibration from tools and machinery shall be minimized.

13.4 Inspection and Maintenance

13.4.1 Each hand tool and portable power tool shall be inspected at regular intervals and shall be maintained in a safe working condition.

13.4.2 In consultation with the appropriate health and safety committee, an inspection and maintenance plan for tools and machinery shall be created and a record shall be kept of all inspections and maintenance work performed under the plan.

13.4.3 Employees shall check each tool and machine before use to ensure that there are no visible defects.

13.4.4 All hand tools and portable power tools shall be transported and stored in a safe manner.

13.5 Robotic Systems

13.5.1 To the extent practicable, the machine guard of a robotic machine or a robotic machine system shall conform to the appropriate standard.