Hand & Power Tools Program & Resources
Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is difficult to remember that they may pose hazards. All tools are manufactured with safety in mind but, tragically, a serious accident often occurs before steps are taken to search out and avoid or eliminate tool-related hazards. In the process of removing or avoiding the hazards, workers must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards.
is responsible for the safe condition of tools and
equipment used by employees but the employees have the
responsibility for properly using and maintaining tools.
Employers should caution employees that saw blades,
knives, or other tools be directed away from aisle areas
and other employees working in close proximity. Knives
and scissors must be sharp. Dull tools can be more
hazardous than sharp ones.
Appropriate personal protective equipment, e.g., safety goggles, gloves, etc., should be worn due to hazards that may be encountered while using portable power tools and hand tools. Safety also requires that floors be kept as clean and dry as possible to prevent accidental slips with or around dangerous hand tools.
Around flammable substances, sparks produced by iron and steel hand tools can be a dangerous ignition source. Where this hazard exists, spark-resistant tools made from brass, plastic, aluminum, or wood will provide for safety.
Hand & Power Tools (OSHA Standards)
OSHA Regulations (Master List)
Definitions (29 CFR 1910.241)
Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment (29 CFR 1910 Subpart P)
Other Portable Power Tools & Equipment (29 CFR 1910.244)