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Power Equipment Safety

Using power equipment can become such a routine part of a job that potential hazards may be overlooked and a serious accident can occur if steps are not taken to identify and eliminated tool-related hazards.

Potential risks while using power equipment may be exposure to falling and flying debris, abrasive objects, splashing liquids, or harmful dust, fumes, mists, vapors or gases. Working conditions should also be taken into consideration before using power equipment.

Five basic safety rules can help prevent hazards associated with the use of power equipment:

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

Each employee should receive appropriate Power Equipment Safety training to help identify common hazards associated with power equipment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Power Equipment Safety training please contact EHS at 744-7241 or


Useful Links:

OSHA: Hand & Power Tool

OSHA: Nail Gun Safety

Power Tool Institute: Safety is Specific

Power Tool Institute: Tool Specific - Safety Information

NIOSH Power Tools Database: Sound Power Levels