Hand and power tools can be very hazardous in construction 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. 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.
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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.
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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: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10689l
2. CFR 29 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, Subpart: I, Tools - Hand and Power, 1926.302, Power-operated hand tools. Derived from: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table= STANDARDS&p_id=10690
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2002). Hand and Power Tools. Retrieved from: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3080.html
4. Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. (2009). A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools. Retrieved from: http://www.lni.wa.gov/safety/trainingprevention/online/courseinfo.asp?P_ID=155
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: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2004-164/pdfs/2004-164.pdf
6. Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors, OSHA Publication 3459-8-11. Derived from: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/NailgunFinal_508_02_optimized.pdf
7. Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication 2013-149. Derived from: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/NailgunFinal_508_02_optimized.pdf
8. Construction Depot, Safety and Health Newsletter for the Oregon Construction Industry, Oregon OSHA (2012). Retrieved from:http://www.orosha.org/construction-depot/index.html#.VDks0RauQw0
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: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10265