- Comply with the manufacturer’s instructions, use tools only as instructed.
- Inspect tools daily prior to use. Notify your supervisor if tools are damaged or defective and take them out of service. Tag them “Do Not Use”.
- Do not use tools that have defective cords or housing. Look for missing parts, damaged insulation, missing ground pins or where the insulation is pulled back from the plug.
- Machine guards must not be removed, blocked or made inoperative. Some guards, such as on bench grinders, require regular adjustment.
- Use a GFCI to protect you from electrical shock. These are in the generators, or are an attachment to the extension cord. They sense a change in current and shut down the flow of electricity, reducing the injury to the worker.
- Pneumatic tools require a safety check valve at the outlet of the power, such as at the compressor. This valve shuts down the flow of air if the pressure changes too quickly, such as when the hose disconnects unexpectedly.
- Hose connections require a safety lashing, or whip check, for all connections greater than ½ inch. Ensure that the whip check is attached to the rubber hose, not the metal fitting, if possible.
- Disconnect power tools from energy source prior to maintenance, changing attachments or making adjustments.
- Don’t use the power cords of tools to carry, raise or lower them. Don’t tie power cords together with an extension cord in a knot, this damages both cords.
- Position tools so that they do not pose a tripping hazard to you or others.
- Abrasive wheels need to be checked for chips, cracks or other damage prior to use. Check the speed rating for the wheel, do not interchange 4 and 7 inch wheels, they spin at different speeds.
- Where the appropriate PPE for the task, this may include ear plugs, a face mask, gloves, etc.
- Don’t allow workers to use tools that they are not trained on. Ensure that the tools are being used as the manufacturer intended.
Below are some ways to ensure that we do not have injuries due to the use of hand and power tools.