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Hand and Power Tools

Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is easy to overlook their potential hazards. To prevent serious incidents from occurring, safety precautions must be taken.

Safe Use Guidelines

  • Supervisors should train employees utilizing equipment beforehand.
  • Use the right tool for the right job.
  • Examine power tools for faulty parts before use.
  • Do not use tools with frayed cords or loose or broken switches.
  • Have ground prongs in place or use tools marked "double insulated".
  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
  • Know the application, limitation, and potential hazards of the tool used.
  • Operate according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Provide and use the right protective equipment.
  • Keep guards in place, in working order, and properly adjusted.
  • Maintain working areas free of clutter.
  • Do not use electric tools in damp/wet locations or combustible environments unless they are approved for that purpose.
  • All tools that are not "portable" must be bolted to a stationary surface.
  • The proper apparel should be worn. Loose clothing, ties, hair or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.

 

References

OSHA Hand and Power Tools
University of Vermont Hand and Power Tool Safety

 

Contacts

For Overall Program Management, to obtain an Art Safety Manual, or for guidelines on how to store and/or dispose of hazardous waste call Rosemarie Kulp at 848-445-2550
 

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