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<br>backpacks when climbing ladders or while working at elevated heights such as scaffolds, platforms<br>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<br>to each other? Reference 12.3.4

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

  • 12.8.6. Are screwdrivers used only for their intended purpose and not as chisels, punches or pry<br>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<br>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<br>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<br>across wood grain, a ripsaw for cutting with wood grain and a hacksaw for cutting metal? Reference<br>12.4.5

  • 12.8.11. Are blades such as knives, razor blades, utility knives, exacto knives, etc., properly<br>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<br>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<br>when released? Reference 12.5.2.1

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

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

  • 12.8.16. Are all portable circular saws with a blade diameter over two (2) inches equipped with<br>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 When the saw is withdrawn from the stock being cut, does the lower guard automatically<br>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<br>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<br>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<br>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<br>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<br>limb? Reference 12.6.2.5

  • 12.8.23. Are chain saws that are not properly maintained, adjusted or properly assembled removed<br>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<br>of the materials involved before being permitted to operate powder-actuated tools? Reference<br>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<br>perpendicular to the barrel and designed to confine flying fragments or particles when the tool is<br>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<br>surface with a force at least five (5) pounds greater than the total weight of the tool? Reference<br>12.6.3.6

  • 12.8.28. Do operators ensure that no fastener of any kind will be driven into masonry within three<br>(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<br>as a respirator, when operations require it? Reference 12.7.2

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