Machinery & Equipment

Hand & Power Tools and Equipment

Recommendations for the safe use of hand and power tools is reviewed in the Hand & Power Tools online training. Login to take this training here.

Machine Guarding

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.

Mount & Secure Electrical Equipment

Electric tools and machinery must be firmly secured to the surface on which it is mounted. This applies to machinery that creates and vibration or can "walk" while being used.