Hand and Power Tools

Hand power tools are tools powered by electricity, gasoline, and diesel such as drill, sanders, reciprocating saws, and grinders. Power tools are hand held devices. Improper use of power tools at work can cause serious accidents or injuries. Employers and employees must establish a safe working system in order to prevent these injuries. Hazardous conditions must be identified and safety measures must be taken to protect employees against these hazards. Employees must be trained on the use of power tools by a qualified person prior to the use of hand held power tools on any job site or for any task. In addition, appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, Safety glasses, etc.) must be used when operating power tools. Workplace floors must be kept clean and organized to eliminate tripping hazards when working with power tools. All workplaces must comply with the OSHA regulations regarding hand and power tools and must train and educate employees on safe use.

  1. To Prevent Power Tool Accident/Injuries:
  • Work in pairs. Do not wear headphones while operating power tools.
  • Keep all tools in good condition – regular maintenance.
    • Inspect all tools prior to use for any possible damage.
    • Use the right tool for each specific job.
    • Keep cords away from heat, oil, or sharp edges.
    • Keep tools clean.
    • Never carry tools by the cord or hose.
    • Never yank a cord to disconnect it from a power source.
  • Operate tools according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Identify hazards and report them to your supervisor before using tools.
  • Make sure you are well-balanced when using power tools.
  • Keep people who are uninvolved with a job task away from the work area.
  • Disconnect tools when not in use.
  • Use always required PPE for each job.
  • Follow good housekeeping in your work area.
    • Do not keep unused tools in your work area.
  • Do not miss any safety training.