12.8. Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools Checklist

Are tools stored on racks or shelves or in boxes when not in use? AFI 91-203 para. 12.3.1

Are power tools unplugged and properly stored when not in use? AFI 91-203 para. 12.3.1

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? AFi 91-203 para. 12.3.4

Are workers not allowed to drop tools from elevated surfaces, or throw tools back and forth to each other? AFI 91-203 para. 12.3.4

Are tools inspected for defects, and defective tools immediately removed from service? AFI 91-203 para. 12.3.5

Are screwdrivers used only for their intended purpose and not as chisels, punches or pry bars? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

Are chisels, punches and hammers with mushroom heads removed from service? AFI 91-203 12.4.2

Are hammers used for their designed purpose and function? AFI 91-203 para. 12.4.4

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? AFI 91-203 para. 12.4.5

Are blades such as knives, razor blades, utility knives, exacto knives, etc., properly protected or sheathed? AFI 91-203 para. 12.4.7

When power hand tools are used, is care taken to prevent cords and hoses from becoming tripping hazards? AFI 91-203 para.

Are power tools equipped with a constant pressure switch or control that shuts off the tools when released? AFI 91-203 para.

Are switches on power tools protected against accidental start-up or operation? AFI 91-203 para.

Are portable electric tools with exposed metal parts properly grounded or double insulated? AFI 91-203 para. 12.5.4

Are all portable circular saws with a blade diameter over two (2) inches equipped with guards above and below the base plate shoe? AFI 91-203 para. 12.6.1

When the saw is withdrawn from the stock being cut, does the lower guard automatically and instantly return to cover the blade? AFI 91-203 para. 12.6.1

When using a circular saw, does the operator stand to the side and not directly behind the saw while cutting is in progress? AFI 91-203 para.

Do workers remove the power source to saws before making any adjustments, cleaning or performing any maintenance on them? AFI 91-203 para.

Do workers who operate chain saws wear safety footwear, snug-fitting clothing, protective gloves and eye, hearing and head protection? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

Do workers plan a path of retreat in the event of an unplanned or premature falling tree or limb? AFI 91-203 para.

Are chain saws that are not properly maintained, adjusted or properly assembled removed from service until repairs are made? AFI 91-203 para.

Are chain saws only operated in well ventilated areas? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

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? AFI 91-203 para.

Do operators ensure that no fastener of any kind will be driven into masonry within three (3) inches to a corner or edge? AFI 91-203 para.

Are tools designed to prevent discharge if dropped? AFI 91-203 para.

Do operators wear protective goggles or face shields and other protective equipment, such as a respirator, when operations require it? AFI 91-203 para. 12.7.2


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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.