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Title: Hand and Portable Power Tools

Hand and Portable Power Tools
These handouts and documents with attachments are
not final, complete, or definitive instruments.
This information is for guidance purposes only.
You should independently verify and satisfy
yourself as to its accuracy. The AHBSIF does not
assume any liability for damages arising from the
use of this information or exhibits and
attachments thereto and renders no opinion that
any of the terms, conditions, and/or cited
federal standards in this document and the
exhibits and attachments should be explicitly
followed by the fund member. Seek specific
guidance from the appropriate regulator (OSHA) or
professional advisor.
Tool Selection
  • Non-Powered
  • Electric
  • Air Powered
  • Powder Actuated
  • Gas Powered
  • Safety Note If you have to modify a tool to
    make it work, you probably dont have the right

Non-Powered Hand Tools
  • Impact tools such as chisels, wedges, or drift
    pins are unsafe if they have mushroomed heads.
  • Wrenches with sprung jaws should be taken out of
  • Wooden handled tools should be inspected
    periodically to make sure they are not
    splintered, cracked, or loose.

Electric Tools
  • Electric tools are difficult to guard completely
  • They are subject to more abuse than stationary
  • Cords must be inspected regularly
  • These tools should be unplugged/battery removed
    for all maintenance procedures.

Double Insulated Tools
  • NFPA 70 permits double insulation for portable
  • Third wire grounding is not necessary for
    double-insulated tools
  • Double insulation works by isolating the tools
    internal electric components from the outer

Circular Saw Safety Tips
  • Set the blades depth to no more than 1/8 to ¼
    greater than the thickness of the material
  • Avoid binding the blade and causing a kickback
  • Release the trigger if the saw binds or stalls
  • Never pull the saw out of a cut until the blade

Pneumatic Tools (Nail Guns)
  • Make sure the nose guard safety spring is
    functioning properly
  • Dont hook up the power source until it is time
    to nail
  • If the tool has to be carried while under power,
    stay away from the trigger and never carry
    against the body
  • Safety glasses are a must!
  • For Framers
  • Keep the off hand out of the way
  • Never nail beyond your reach
  • Keep the gun properly aligned with the work
  • Be aware of surroundings and fellow workers

Powder-Actuated Tools
  • Only employees who have been trained and
    certified in the operation of the particular tool
    shall be allowed to operate
  • Must be tested each day prior to use
  • If it doesnt pass inspection, it must be removed
    from service
  • All required PPE must be worn
  • Unfired caps should not be left in the gun or
    lying around
  • The loaded tool should never be left unattended

Gas Powered Tools
  • Types include leaf blowers, trimmers, mowers, and
  • Follow manufacturers recommendations for service
    intervals and safe use.
  • Take special care during refueling.
  • Give the equipment adequate cool down time.
  • Use only approved containers for fuel storage.
  • Never smoke during refueling.

Safe Work Practices Checklist
  • Always follow manufacturer recommendations
    regarding maintenance and safe use.
  • Inspect all tools prior to the start of work
  • Guards in place and working
  • All power cords in safe working condition
  • Timely replacement of blades, bits, etc.
  • Never bypass a safety feature.
  • Never modify a tool beyond its intended use.
  • Use all required personal protective equipment .

  • Debris should be gathered and removed from site
    daily, weekly, as often as needed.
  • Plan for disposal of scrap, waste and surplus
  • Keep the work area and all equipment tidy.
  • Designate areas for waste materials and provide
  • Keep stairways, passageways, ladders, scaffold
    and gangways free of material, supplies and

  • Secure loose or light material that is stored on
    roofs or on open floors.
  • Keep materials at least 5 feet from openings,
    roof edges, excavations or trenches.
  • Remove or bend over nails protruding from lumber.
  • Keep hoses, power cords, welding leads, etc. from
    laying in high traffic areas.
  • Ensure structural openings are covered/protected
    adequately (e.g. sumps, shafts, floor openings,

  • Do not permit rubbish to fall freely from any
    level of the project.
  • Use chutes or other approved devices to remove
  • Do not throw tools or other materials.
  • Do not raise or lower any tool or equipment by
    its own cable or supply hose.
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