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Environmental Health and Safety

Hand and Portable Power Tools

Employees must be provided with the proper training and appropriate personal protective equipment when using hand and power tools that expose them to certain hazards.

Hazards include:

  • falling, flying, abrasive and splashing objects. 
  • harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors or gases.

All electrical connections for these tools must be suitable for the type of tool and the working conditions (wet, dusty, flammable vapors). A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) should be used when a temporary power source is used for construction in wet locations or outside. If a hazardous situation is encountered, it must be brought immediately to the attention of the proper individual for hazard abatement.


Scope and Application

Five basic safety rules can help prevent hazards associated with the use of hand and power tools:

  • Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Examine each tool for damage before use and do not use damaged tools.
  • Operate tools according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Provide and use properly the right personal protective equipment.

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