OSHA requirements and recommendations for the safe use of hand and power tools is overviewed in the following powerpoint slides: Hand & Power Tools.
Additionally, safety talks were developed through a collaborative effort lead by the UVM-UE Safety Committee to raise safety awareness. These safety talks that can be used to guide safe work practices with hand and power tools.
While there are many different types of machine guards, there are a few things that they all have in common. Effective guards:
- are affixed directly to the equipment,
- do not create any additional hazard,
- protect the operator and others in the area from the physical hazards at the point of operation and along the parts of the equipment where exposure to a hazard has the potential to occur.
In addition to needing effective guards, equipment also needs to be anchored so that it cannot “walk” across the surface where it is used, which could also create a hazard for the operator and others in the area.
For a complete guide to safe and effective machine guarding, see OSHA’s eTool for Machine Guarding.