Hand Power Tool Safety
- Read and familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions, including precautions and how to respond to an emergency.
- Use recommended protective equipment, such as safety goggles, clothing, earplugs, dust masks, or gloves and avoid loose clothes, ties, or jewelry.
- Make sure that the tool is in good working order, including the cord, switch, and any protective guarding.
- Make sure that safety guards are in place, in working order, and properly adjusted.
- Never modify a tool for a job it’s not intended to do.
- Keep safety switches in working order. Do not bypass or replace them with standard switches.
- Avoid accidental starts by keeping hands away from switches while carrying plugged-in or battery-powered tools.
- Avoid using tools if you are taking strong medications, are drowsy, or have been consuming alcohol.
- Keep work areas well-lit and free of clutter.
- Never use electric power tools in damp or wet locations.
- Have observers remain a safe distance away from the work area.
- Keep good footing and maintain good balance.
- Store tools in a dry place that is not above your head.
- Do not point a charged compressed air hose at bystanders or use it to clean your clothing.
- Lock and/or tag tools “Out of Service” to prevent usage of a tool that is not operating properly.
- Do not use tools with handles that have burrs or cracks.
- Do not use compressors if their belt guards are missing. Replace the belt guards before using the compressor.
- Turn the power switch of the tool to “Off” and let it come to a complete stop before leaving it unattended.
- Disconnect the tool from the air line before making any adjustments or repairs to the tool.
- Do not use dull, cracked or bent drill bits.
- Ensure that the power cord is in good condition.
- Do not lock the power switch in the on position.
- When drilling loose material, clamp or otherwise secure the material.
- Be aware of what is behind the material being drilled.
- Do not use grinding wheels that have chips, cracks or grooves.
- Do not use the grinding wheel if it wobbles. Tag it “Out of Service” and discard it.
- Do not try to stop the wheel using your hand, even if you are wearing gloves. To prevent your gloves from getting caught by the grinding wheel, hold the work-piece by using vise-grip pliers, clamps, or a jig.
- Maximum angular exposure of the grinding wheel periphery and sides: the safety guards used on hand held portable grinding machines should not exceed 180 degrees.
- Angular exposure of the grinding wheel periphery and sides: the safety guards used on bench and floor stands should not exceed 90 degrees, or one-fourth of the periphery. This exposure should begin at a point not more than 65 degrees above the horizontal plane of the wheel spindle.
- Adjust the tongue guard so that it is no more than 1/8 inch from the grinding wheel.
- Keep the tool rest adjusted to no more than 1/8 inch from the grinding wheel.
- Do not exceed the jack’s rated lifting capacity, as noted on the label of the jack.
- Clear all tools, equipment and any other obstructions from under the vehicle before lowering the jack.
- Set jack on a firm level surface.