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Based on: 29 CFR 1910 Subpart P: Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment

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Tools are an integral part of everyday life, and often, they are used without fully recognizing the potential danger they may pose. At work and at home, it is important to take great care to properly use and maintain all tools, as most tool related accidents occur due to improper use or maintenance. It is important to pay close attention to the condition of tools before they are used and to be aware of potential dangers in the work area before starting a job. For example, failure to take notice of the condition of a tool, such as a splintered shaft on a hammer, may result in the head flying off and injuring yourself or others. This course is designed to help inform you and raise awareness about some of the dangers associated with hand and power tools that many people work with every day.

Hand and Power Tools

Training Time: 23 minutes

The power to recognize and avoid injury is right at your fingertips. This course includes information on hand tools and power tools, including electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, liquid fuel, and powder-actuated power tools. Topics covered include general tool safety, maintenance, guards, best practices, and operating guidelines.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe what a hand tool is
  • Identify safe work practices with hand tools
  • Define what a power tool is
  • Identify types of power tools—portable, electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and powder-actuated
  • Describe proper use of guards
  • Define switches and controls
  • Identify proper maintenance for hand and power tools
  • List power tool do’s and don’ts
  • Describe operating guidelines for hand and power tools
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Hand and Power Tool Safety FAQs

What is a hand tool?
A hand tool is a manually operated tool, such as a hammer or screwdriver.

What are some safety tips for using hand tools?
Always use for their intended purpose, perform maintenance and inspect for safety, take out of service if defects are noticed.

What is a power tool?
An electric tool, a pneumatic tool, a liquid-fuel tool, a hydraulic tool, or a powder-actuated tool.

What are safety tips for power tools and guards?
Use guards properly and never remove guards. In addition, each “type” of power tool has its own safety best practices, and each individual tool has its own as well. Always follow manufacturer recommendations.

What are safety tips for power tools and switches/controls?
Use switches and controls as recommended by manufacturers and always in a safe manner.

What are safety tips for power tools and maintenance?
Always unpower a tool before performining maintenance; perform regular maintenance; inspect regularly for damage and then maintain; take broken or damaged tools out of service until they are repaired.

What are some power tool “dos?”
Use tools for their intended purpose; work in a well-lit area; use appropriate PPE; avoid hazards from using near water; inspect, clean, maintain, and store properly; followed manufacturer’s usage guidelines, only use tools you’ve been trained to use.

What are some power tool “don’ts?”
Don’t use tools without proper training; don’t use in wet or damp areas (unless they are intended for that purpose); don’t use in flammable or explosive environments; do nothing that might damage the cord.

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