Hand & Power Tool Safety Recognition

Often times we overlook the hazards associated with the common tools that are used on a daily basis. With this talk we hope to bring some awareness to the potential hazards of these tools and how to minimize these hazards.

Pre- Inspection Use (Done before every use):Hammer

  • Damaged or cracked housing, power source, or bits/accessories
  • Dull blades are often more dangerous than sharp blades
  • Missing guards or protective devices
  • Leaking gasoline, oil or other fluids
  • Tool appears to be in poor condition
  • Does the tool have a 3-wire cord, if not is it double insulated?
  • Ensure area is free of any potential trip hazards
  • Do not underestimate the importance of a clean work area

Proper Use:Glasses

  • Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE
  • You should always wear eye protection
  • Use the proper tool for the job
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • If unsure about use, ask a supervisor or coworker for clarification
  • Insure tools are not pointed at or operated in close proximity to other individuals
  • Use spark resistant tools when working near a fuel source
  • Do not use excessive force to cut/drill through hard materials
  • Gasoline/Mixed Fuel Powered Tools must be off and cool when re-fueled, use only in well ventilated areas.
  • If you need to use a gas/mixed fuel powered tool indoors please contact EHSEM prior to use.


  • Drain fluids (gasoline) if equipment will be in storage for an extended period of time
  • De-energize tool prior to storage (includes removing air pressure, hydraulic pressure and removing loads).
  • Store electric tools in dry areas
  • Store flammables in accordance with applicable regulations 

Group Discussions:

Has anyone in the group been injured by a power tool or had a close call? How could this injury have been prevented?

What tools present the greatest hazard in your work environment? How can you minimize these risks?
Are there any tools that need to be repaired or discarded? If so take time to do this immediately after the talk.