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

Contacts

  • For Overall Program Management, to obtain an Art Safety Manual, or for guidelines on how to store and/or dispose of hazardous waste contact Peter Skeels