Hand and Portable Powered Tools
Every year, many workers are seriously injured using small power tools. Consequently, OSHA has issued numerous regulations addressing specific safety issues. These are addressed below.
OSHA CFR 1910 Sub Part P, 241-244
OSHA CFR 1926.951
Keys to Compliance for Supervisors
- Supervisors, representing the employer (Indiana University) are responsible for the safe condition of tools and equipment used by employees, including tools and equipment which may be furnished by employees.
- If compressed air is provided so that employees can clean tools or equipment, the air pressure must be reduced to less than 30 psi
- If compressed air is to be used for cleaning tools and equipment, personal protective equipment including safety glasses must be used.
- Power tools, including circular saws, chain saws, belt sanders, etc. must be equipped with safety power switches that will shut off when pressure on the switch is released
- Within the OSHA regulations are specific design and operations requirements for specific tools and equipment; it is critical that supervisors and employees be familiar with and follow these regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are lawn mowers and other Groundskeeping equipment covered by these regulations?
A. Yes, 1910.243 levies many design and operational requirements on mowers and other similar equipment.
Q. Do these regulations cover stationary machinery such as lathes, grinders, milling machines?
A. No, the requirements for stationary machines can be found in CFR 1910.212-217.
Q. Where else can I find safety information for a specific tool or piece of equipment?
A. The owner / user’s manual provides this information, and should be kept with or near the tool.