Tools are common in many workplace settings and power tools are especially important to get the job done, however it is important to remember that electrical tools can pose significant hazards. Workers should be sure that they are familiar with the specific hazards of the tools they use including hazards such as:
OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.242(a) Each employer shall be responsible for the safe condition of tools and equipment used by employees, including tools and equipment which may be furnished by employees.
Injuries with tools often happen when workers fail to use them as intended, remove guards designed for their own safety, or forget to inspect them before using. Workers should be trained on the safe handling and care of the power tools they will be using on the job and be reminded regularly to follow safe work practices every time they use their tools.
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.300(a) says that all hand and power tools and similar equipment, whether furnished by the employer or the employee, shall be maintained in a safe condition.
During any safety meetings on power tools, make sure the following points are emphasized.
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.302(a)(1) Electric power operated tools shall either be of the approved double-insulated type or grounded in accordance with Subpart K of this part.
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.300(b)(1) When power operated tools are designed to accommodate guards, they shall be equipped with such guards when in use.
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