Hand and Power Tool Safety

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Millions of workers in a variety of industries use handheld tools every day. While hand and power tools are useful to get the job done, they can turn a normal work day into a tragedy. In this course, you'll learn about the general basic safety rules when using tools. You'll also learn how to identify hazards and safety controls associated with hand tools. Then you'll be introduced to general safety guidelines as well as specific precautions for using power tools. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Target Audience
All employees who work with hand and power tools

Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

Hand and Power Tool Safety

  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • identify basic rules to safely use hand and power tools
  • Knowledge Check: Basic Safety Rules
  • identify specific hazards and safety controls associated with certain hand tools
  • Knowledge Check: Hand Tool Hazards
  • identify general power tool safety precautions
  • identify the ways guards provide protection to operators
  • identify tools that must be equipped with a momentary switch
  • Knowledge Check: General Safety Precautions for Using Power Tools
  • identify specific hazards and ways to work safely with electric tools
  • identify proper procedure when using a grinder
  • identify specific hazards and ways to use pneumatic tools
  • identify specific control measures related to the use of hydraulic jacks
  • identify specific hazards and controls related to the use of powder-actuated tools
  • Knowledge Check: Safe Use of Specific Types of Power Tools
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    Expertise Level