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Course 810 - Hand and Power Tool Safety

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Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. Just click on the course "Modules" tab above to get started. It takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the quiz.
  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.
  3. If you have questions as you study, just send us an email.

    Course 810 Certificate
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  4. Order an Optional Certificate. If you want certification of your training, order a high quality certificate. Our training is free. We only charge a small fee to provide documentation of your training. If you are enrolled in one of our professional safety and health programs, you can save money by purchasing the program package that fits your needs. If you just want to purchase the certificate for this course, a link will be provided on your student dashboard after you pass the final exam. Just click on the "Purchase Certificate" Link.

    For individual courses, the PDF certificate is only $, the original certificate is $ (shipping extra), and the PDF & original certificate is $ (shipping extra).
  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 35 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

OK, Let's go!

Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.

Course Introduction


Hand and power tools are a common part of our everyday lives and are present in nearly every industry. These tools help us easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. However, these simple tools can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when used or maintained improperly. Special attention toward hand and power tool safety is necessary in order to reduce or eliminate these hazards.

Hand and power tool hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and the construction industry.

This course is designed to present to employees and employers a summary of the basic safety procedures and safeguards associated with hand and portable power tools.

The material in this course is based on the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, this course should not be considered as a substitute for the full safety and health standards for the general industry (published in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1910, Subpart P), or for the construction industry (published in 29 CFR Part 1926, Subpart I).

Employers and employees in the 26 states and territories with OSHA-approved state safety and health plans should check with their state agency. Their state may be enforcing standards and other procedures that, while “at least as effective as” federal standards, are not always identical to the federal requirements.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Recognizing Hazards
  2. Hand Tool Safety
  3. Power Tool Safety
  4. Electrical Powered Tools
  5. Portable Abrasive Wheel and Pneumatic Tools
  6. Fuel-Powered, Hydraulic, and Powder-Actuated Tools

Course 810 Final Exam

OSHAcademy course final exams are designed to help ensure students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the content covered within each course. To help demonstrate this understanding, students must achieve a minimum score of 70% on final exams. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

If you have already paid for a Certificate Program

If you have already paid for your certificates, your exam score will be displayed in your student dashboard next to the course. You will also be able to view or print the course PDF certificate if you purchased this option. Your PDF transcript will also be automatically updated to include the course.

If you only want free training

You are welcome to take all of our courses for free! We only charge a fee if you want certificates, transcripts and exam scores to document your training. If you have not made a payment for your certificate, we will archive your exam results and you will see "Completed!" next to the course if you passed the exam. If you did not pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher, you will need to retake the exam.

Take the Final Exam

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Course 810 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.


1. CFR 29 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Subpart: I, Tools - Hand and Power, 1926.302, Hand tools. Derived from:

2. CFR 29 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Subpart: I, Tools - Hand and Power, 1926.302, Power-operated hand tools. Derived from: STANDARDS&p_id=10690

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2002). Hand and Power Tools. Retrieved from:

4. Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. (2009). A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools. Retrieved from:

5. Research & Education Unit, Cal/OSHA Consultation Service, California Department of Industrial Relations and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (2004). Easy Ergonomics: A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2004-164. Retrieved from:

6. Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors, OSHA Publication 3459-8-11. Derived from:

7. Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2013-149. Derived from:

8. Construction Depot, Safety and Health Newsletter for the Oregon Construction Industry, Oregon OSHA (2012). Retrieved from:

9. 29 CFR 1915, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Shipyard Employment, Part H, Tools and Related Equipment, 1915.135, Powder Actuated Fastening tools. Derived from: