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Hand & Power Tools Safety Checklist

Use this checklist to regularly inspect the power tools in your company to mitigate and eliminate potential hazards. The template includes both general checks that should be performed on all power tools and specific checks that apply only to certain power tools, such as pneumatic powered tools, etc.


Apply the hand & power tools safety checklist depending on how often you use your power tools. Don't forget to find out if the respective worker is familiar with the handling of the respective power tool.
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Hand & Power Tools Safety Checklist

Audit

A. General Requirements for Hand and Power Tools

1. Tools are kept in good condition with regular maintenance

2. Tools are used according to the proper function and purpose

3. Tools are examined for damage before use

4. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is available and in use as necessary

5. Damaged or unsafe tools are taken out of service

6. Employees have been properly trained on the uses and limitations of each tool

B. Electric Powered Tools

1. Tools have a three-wire cord with a ground or double insulated.

2. Cords are in good condition without frays or deterioration

3. Tools are not hoisted or lowered by cords

C. Pneumatic Powered Tools

1. Air hoses are in good condition, including couplings and fittings

2. Compressed air is not used for cleaning employees or clothing

3. Tools are not hoisted by the air hose

4. Noise measurements have been taken when necessary

D. Liquid Fuel-Powered Tools

1. Tools are powered off and allowed to cool before refueling

2. Tools are used outdoors whenever possible

3. Adequate ventilation is provided when tools are used indoors

E. Hydraulic Powered Tools

1. Hydraulic fluids are of an approved type, either fire-resistant or insulating, as needed

2. Manufacturer's recommended safe operating pressure is not exceeded in hoses, valves, pipes, filters or other fittings

F. Powder-Actuated Tools

1. Employees have been properly trained

2. Proper shielding is available

3. Unattended tools are properly secured from authorized use

Summary of Findings

Please sign upon audit completion

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