OSHA Hand Powered Tools Checklist

Use this OSHA Hand Powered Tools Checklist for self-inspections to evaluate the safety of hand tools, reduce hazards, and ensure compliance with industry regulations.

OSHA Hand Powered Tools Checklist



Hand Tools And Equipment

1. Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee-owned) used by employees at their workplace in good condition?


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2. Are hand tools such as chisels and punches, which develop mushroomed heads during use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?


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3. Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes, and similar equipment replaced promptly?


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4. Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?


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5. Are appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?


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6. Are employees made aware of the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?


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7. Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, etc. used while using hand tools or equipment that might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage?


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8. Are jacks checked periodically to ensure they are in good operating condition?


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9. Are tool handles wedged tightly in the head of all tools?


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10. Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?


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11. Are tools stored in dry, secure locations where they won't be tampered with?


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12. Is eye and face protection used when driving hardened or tempered spuds or nails?


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Portable (Power Operated) Tools And Equipment

1. Are grinders, saws, and similar equipment provided with appropriate safety guards?


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2. Are power tools used with the correct shield, guard, or attachment, recommended by the manufacturer?


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3. Are portable circular saws equipped with guards above and below the base shoe? Are circular saw guards checked to ensure they are not wedged up, thus leaving the lower portion of the blade unguarded?


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4. Are rotating or moving parts of equipment guarded to prevent physical contact?


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5. Are all cord-connected, electrically operated tools and equipment effectively grounded or of the approved double-insulated type?


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6. Are effective guards in place over belts, pulleys, chains, and sprockets, on equipment such as concrete mixers, and air compressors?


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7. Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch or less?


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8. Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects, and are hoist ratings and characteristics appropriate for the task?


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9. Are ground-fault circuit interrupters provided on all temporary electrical 15 and 20 ampere circuits, used during periods of construction?


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10. Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?


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Powder-Actuated Tools

1. Are employees who operate powder-actuated tools trained in their use and carry a valid operator's card?


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2. Is each powder-actuated tool stored in its own locked container when not being used?


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3. Is a sign at least 7 inches by 10 inches with boldface type reading "POWDER-ACTUATED TOOL IN USE" conspicuously posted when the tool is being used?


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4. Are powder-actuated tools left unloaded until they are actually ready to be used?


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5. Are powder-actuated tools inspected for obstructions or defects each day before use?


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6. Do powder-actuated tool operators have and use appropriate personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety goggles, safety shoes, and ear protectors?


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