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Hand and Power Tools (Construction)
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OSHA has detailed regulations at 29 CFR 1926 Subpart I for hand and power tools used in the construction industry. All hand and power tools and similar equipment, whether furnished by the employer or the employee, are required to be maintained in a safe condition. In addition, OSHA has requirements for guarding of power operated tools as well as electrical requirements for proper switches.

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Interpretations Requirements for leaving construction equipment and powder-actuated tools unattended on a construction building site; impalement protection from reinforcing steel for masonry workers on a scaffold.[1910.178(m)(5); 1910.178(m)(5)(ii); 191 05/11/2005National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.301 Hand tools  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1926.302 Power-operated hand tools  National
Interpretations Application of OSHA construction standards to govern the use of pneumatic hand tools used in construction for cleaning concrete forms, bridge decks, and roads.[1926.0000; 1926.302(b); 1926.302(b)(1); 1926.302(b)(4); 1926.302(b)(5); 1926. 01/19/2005National
Questions & Answers Can pneumatic air hose ends that have been fixed or replaced, be attached using a standard worm drive hose clamp? Or, does it have to be attached with a pneumatic crimped end? 08/14/2014National
Interpretations D'AX wheels are to be guarded as cutting saws. 06/22/1998National
Interpretations Guard requirements for concrete mixers with loading skips.[1926.300(b)(3); 1926.300(b)(4); 1926.702(b)] 11/02/2000National
Regulatory Analysis Hand and Power Tools (Construction)  National
Interpretations Hand-held gas-powered cut-off saws.[1926.303(d)] 07/22/2010National
Questions & Answers Is there a standard that states the maximum pressure an air compressor can be set? There is the requirement that it can not be over 15 psi for cleaning off a surface, but is there anything more? 04/29/2010National
Interpretations Training requirements for powder-actuated tools under §1926.302(e). [1926.21(b)(2); 1926.32(f); 1926.302(e); 1926.302(e)(1)] 03/10/2006National
Cartoons Unattended Tools  National
Interpretations Undervoltage protection required for woodworking equipment.[1926.304] 02/10/1999National
Interpretations Use of quick disconnect with "pull-down sleeve" to satisfy requirement of a positive means to prevent pneumatic tools from becoming accidentally disconnected 11/14/2003National
Interpretations What OSHA construction standards govern the use of pneumatic hand tools used in construction for cleaning concrete forms, bridge decks and roads?[1926.302(b) ] 08/26/2005National
Interpretations Whether gas-actuated fastening tools require the same individual training for each model as powder-actuated fastening tools. [1926.21(b)(2); 1926.302(e); 1910.243(d)] 12/21/2005National
Employee News Articles Working with battery-operated power tools  National
Employee News Articles Working with battery-operated power tools: Quiz  National
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