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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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Interpretations A clarification of the definition of an outer flange on an abrasive wheel. (1910.243) 03/29/1995National
Directives 12/09/1985 - STD 1-13.2A - Explosive Actuated Fastening Tools 07/18/2003National
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
Cartoons Beaver chain saw  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
Toolbox Talks Chain Saw Safety  National
Toolbox Talks Compressed air and its dangers  National
Training Tips Cut the Power on Portable Power Tool Accidents  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
Questions & Answers Does OSHA lockout/tagout apply to a battery-operated band saw to prevent an operator from accidentally hitting the trigger while removing the saw from its case? 04/09/2018National
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
Policies Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Regulatory Analysis Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Plans Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Safety Slogans Hand and Portable Power Tools  National
Guidance Documents Hand and Power Tools  National
Interpretations Hand portable operated abrasive grinders. 01/24/1996National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Hand Tool Safety (Outline)  National
Handouts Hand Tool Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Hand Tool Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Hand Tool Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Hand Tool Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Toolbox Talks Hand tool safety: Powder-actuated nail guns  National
Toolbox Talks Hand tool safety: Safe use of hammers  National
Meetings Hand Tools (Word)  National
Quizzes Hand Tools Quiz (Word)  National
Handouts Hand Tools--There's a Safe Way (PDF)  National
Handouts Hand Tools--There's a Safe Way (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Posters Hold On to Safety! (PDF)  National
Questions & Answers I have an account that will be buying a portable Generator for use. They were wondering if there are any safety programs or inspections that should be in place before using. 10/29/2013National
Meetings Knife Safety Meeting (Word)  National
Quizzes Knife Safety Quiz (Word)  National
Toolbox Talks Knife safety: Safety tips to avoid the most common injuries  National
Interpretations Machine anchoring requirements as it apply to the dental polishing lathes.[1910.212] 09/04/1996National
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