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IEC 62841-1 Testing

Electric motor-operated hand-held tools, transportable tools and lawn and garden machinery – Safety – Part 1: General requirements

IEC 62841-1 Scope:

IEC 62841 1 and EN 62841 1 testing deals with the safety of electric motor-operated or magnetically driven:

  • Hand-held tools (IEC 62841-2);
  • Transportable tools (IEC 62841-3);
  • Lawn and garden machinery (IEC 62841-4).

The above listed categories are hereinafter referred to as “tools” or “machines”. The rated voltage is not more than 250 V for single-phase A.C. or D.C. tools, and 480 V for three-phase A.C. tools. The rated input is not more than 3 700 W.

IEC 62841-1 compliance testing deals with the hazards presented by tools which are encountered by all persons in the normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse of the tools. Tools with electric heating elements are within the scope of this standard.

Hand-held electric tools, which can be mounted on a support or working stand for use as fixed tools without any alteration of the tool itself, are within the scope of this standard and such combination of a hand-held tool and a support is considered to be a transportable tool and thus covered by the relevant Part 3.

IEC 62841-1 does not apply to:

  • Tools intended to be used in the presence of explosive atmosphere (dust, vapor or gas);
  • Tools used for preparing and processing food;
  • Tools for medical purposes;

NOTE 1: IEC 60601 series covers a variety of tools for medical purposes.

  • Tools intended to be used with cosmetics or pharmaceutical products;
  • Heating tools;

NOTE 2: IEC 60335-2-45 covers a variety of heating tools.

  • Electric motor-operated household and similar electrical appliances;

NOTE 3: IEC 60335 series covers a variety of electric motor-operated household and similar electrical appliances.

  • Electrical equipment for industrial machine-tools;

NOTE 4: IEC 60204 series deals with electrical safety of machinery.

  • Small low voltage transformer operated bench tools intended for model making, e.g. the making of radio controlled model aircraft or cars, etc.

NOTE 5:  In the United States of America, the following conditions apply: IEC 62841-1 deals with tools used in non-hazardous locations in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.

NOTE 6: In Canada, the following conditions apply: This standard deals with tools used in non-hazardous locations in accordance with the Canadian Electric Code, Part 1, CSA C22.1, and General Requirements – Canadian Electrical Code, Part II, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 0.

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Related Standards:

IEC 62841-2-2 Hand-held screwdrivers and impact wrenches

IEC 62841-2-4 Hand-held sanders and polishers other than disc type

IEC 62841-2-5 Hand-held circular saws

IEC 62841-2-8 Hand-held shears and nibblers

IEC 62841-2-9 Hand-held tappers and threaders

IEC 62841-2-11 Hand-held reciprocating saws

IEC 62841-2-14 Hand-held planers

IEC 62841-3-1 Transportable table saws

IEC 62841-3-4 Transportable bench grinders

IEC 62841-3-6 Transportable diamond drills with liquid system

IEC 62841-3-9 Transportable mitre saws

IEC 62841-3-10 Transportable cut-off machines