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Hand and Portable Power Tools
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This topic covers OSHA’s general industry regulations for the use of portable power tools and hand tools, such as knives, axes, chain saws, portable grinders, jacks, lawn mowers, and powered drills.

Hand tools are nonpowered or operate only through physical exertion by hand; portable power tools are tools that require a power source to operate. Every employer is responsible for the safe condition of portable power tools and other hand-held equipment used by employees, including tools and equipment furnished by employees. Most portable power tools must be guarded to prevent injury to the user.

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Directives 12/09/1985 - STD 1-13.2A - Explosive Actuated Fastening Tools 07/18/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Hand and Portable Power Tools - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Hand and Portable Power Tools - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.241 Definitions  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.242 Hand and portable powered tools and equipment, general  National
Interpretations Abbrasive blast cleaning nozzles must be equipped with a "dead - man" control.[1910.244(b)] 04/03/2000National
Training Activities Abrasive Grinding Safety Activity (Word)  National
Interpretations All electric tools need to be tested by a qualified national testing laboratory and be listed and labeled.(1926.449) 01/28/1994National
Training Tips Be on the Cutting Edge of Utility Knife Safety Training  National
Questions & Answers Can your please clarify 1910.242(b) for me. Must the air pressure for cleaning at the nozzle always be less than 30 psi or only when the nozzle is blocked / dead ended? 10/15/2012National
White Papers Carve out some time to discuss chain saw safety 11/12/2014National
Talks Chain Saw Safety (Word)  National
Talks Cold Chisel Work (Word)  National
Training Tips Cut the Power on Portable Power Tool Accidents  National
Talks Cutting Tools (Word)  National
Questions & Answers Do hand and power tools have an annual inspection criteria above and beyond the need to inspect prior to use? 02/11/2013National
Talks Driving and Pulling Nails (Word)  National
Talks Electric Portable Tools (Word)  National
Interpretations Electric power tools: grounding, NRTL approval, and suitable circuit connection.[1926.404(b)(2); 1926.403(a); 1926.404(f)(7)(iv)] 06/12/2000National
Training Tips Essential Tips for Power Tool Safety  National
Talks Good Tools Are Safety Devices (Word)  National
Regulatory Analysis Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Plans Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Safety Slogans Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Policies Hand and Power Portable Tools (Word)  National
Guidance Documents Hand and Power Tools  National
Interpretations Hand portable operated abrasive grinders. 01/24/1996National
Speaker's Notes Hand Tool Safety - Script View  National
Handouts Hand Tool Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Hand Tool Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Hand Tool Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Hand Tool Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Hand Tool Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Hand Tool Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Hand Tool Safety (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
PowerPoints Hand Tool Safety (PPT)  National
Talks Hand Tool Safety (Word)  National
Quizzes Hand Tool Safety (Word)  National
Training Exercises Hand Tool Safety Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Hand Tool Safety Exercise 2 (PDF)  National
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