Safeguard Your Power Tools and Train Your Employees

Matthew Snyder - Friday, May 01, 2015

As an employer you are responsible for the maintenance of your company’s tools, instruction on how to use the tools, providing the proper personal protection equipment and ensuring this equipment is properly utilized. If you do not have policies in place you could face fines from OSHA.  Although OSHA does not have specific regulations for each hand and power tool, it does require through regulation, 29 CFR 1926.21(b)(2) that you must train all employees on the hazards of the workplace.  Make sure your employees document that they have received this training.

OSHA requires that belts, gears, shafts, pulleys, sprockets, spindles, drums, flywheels, chains, or other reciprocating, rotating, or moving parts of equipment must be guarded. Machine guards, as appropriate, must be provided to protect the operator. During recent inspections of ARA member facilities, OSHA has issued penalties for  improper (or lack of)  guards on power tools and a lack of documented training.

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