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12.8. Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools Checklist.

12.8.1. Are tools stored on racks or shelves or in boxes when not in use? Reference 12.3.1

12.8.2. Are power tools unplugged and properly stored when not in use? Reference 12.3.1

12.8.3. Do workers carry tools in tool belts or other carrying devices such as shoulder bags or
backpacks when climbing ladders or while working at elevated heights such as scaffolds, platforms
or work stands? Reference 12.3.4

12.8.4. Are workers not allowed to drop tools from elevated surfaces, or throw tools back and forth
to each other? Reference 12.3.4

12.8.5. Are tools inspected for defects, and defective tools immediately removed from service?
Reference 12.3.5

12.8.6. Are screwdrivers used only for their intended purpose and not as chisels, punches or pry
bars? Reference 12.4.1.1

12.8.7. Is small work requiring the use of a screwdriver secured in a vise or by other suitable means
and not held by hand, under the arm or in the lap? Reference 12.4.1.2

12.8.8. Are chisels, punches and hammers with mushroom heads removed from service? Reference
12.4.2

12.8.9. Are hammers used for their designed purpose and function? Reference 12.4.4

12.8.10. Are handsaws selected and used for their designed purpose, i.e., crosscut saw for cutting
across wood grain, a ripsaw for cutting with wood grain and a hacksaw for cutting metal? Reference
12.4.5

12.8.11. Are blades such as knives, razor blades, utility knives, exacto knives, etc., properly
protected or sheathed? Reference 12.4.7

12.8.12. When power hand tools are used, is care taken to prevent cords and hoses from becoming
tripping hazards? Reference 12.5.1.1

12.8.13. Are power tools equipped with a constant pressure switch or control that shuts off the tools
when released? Reference 12.5.2.1

12.8.14. Are switches on power tools protected against accidental start-up or operation? Reference
12.5.2.1

12.8.15. Are portable electric tools with exposed metal parts properly grounded or double insulated?
Reference 12.5.4

12.8.16. Are all portable circular saws with a blade diameter over two (2) inches equipped with
guards above and below the base plate shoe? Reference 12.6.1

12.8.17. When the saw is withdrawn from the stock being cut, does the lower guard automatically
and instantly return to cover the blade? Reference 12.6.1

12.8.18. When using a circular saw, does the operator stand to the side and not directly behind the
saw while cutting is in progress? Reference 12.6.1.2

12.8.19. Do workers remove the power source to saws before making any adjustments, cleaning or
performing any maintenance on them? Reference 12.6.1.2

12.8.20. Do workers who operate chain saws wear safety footwear, snug-fitting clothing, protective
gloves and eye, hearing and head protection? Reference 12.6.2.2

12.8.21. Is the chain saw engine allowed to cool before refueling and the chain saw started a
minimum of ten (10) feet from the fueling point? Reference 12.6.2.3

12.8.22. Do workers plan a path of retreat in the event of an unplanned or premature falling tree or
limb? Reference 12.6.2.5

12.8.23. Are chain saws that are not properly maintained, adjusted or properly assembled removed
from service until repairs are made? Reference 12.6.2.10

12.8.24. Are chain saws only operated in well ventilated areas? Reference 12.6.2.15

12.8.25. Are workers well trained and familiar with the operation of the tool and the characteristics
of the materials involved before being permitted to operate powder-actuated tools? Reference
12.6.3.1

12.8.26. Is each tool equipped with a steel muzzle guard at least 3-1/2 inches in diameter, mounted
perpendicular to the barrel and designed to confine flying fragments or particles when the tool is
operated? Reference 12.6.3.4

12.8.27. Are tools designed to operate only when the operator is holding the tool against a work
surface with a force at least five (5) pounds greater than the total weight of the tool? Reference
12.6.3.6

12.8.28. Do operators ensure that no fastener of any kind will be driven into masonry within three
(3) inches to a corner or edge? Reference 12.6.3.8

12.8.29. Are tools designed to prevent discharge if dropped? Reference 12.6.3.9

12.8.30. Do operators wear protective goggles or face shields and other protective equipment, such
as a respirator, when operations require it? Reference 12.7.2

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.