Power Tools, Equipment & Machinery

Hand & Power Tools and Equipment

OSHA requirements and recommendations for the safe use of hand and power tools is overviewed in the following powerpoint slides: Hand & Power Tools.  Complete the online Hand & Power Tools quiz once you have reviewed the slides.    

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.


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.

OSHA provides extensive information about proper safeguarding of equipment.


Securing Electric Equipment

Electric equipment must be bolted/secured to the floor or a table on which it sits so that it will not spin and/or strike the operator. Vibrations caused during the operation of equipment or machinery can cause equipment to unexpectedly move and cause potential injury to the operator or those nearby.  

For example, a floor-mounted drill press must be bolted to the floor. A table-mounted drill press must be secured to a properly sized and weighted table so as not to be top-heavy and must be and secured down.