OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Hand Tools and Equipment

Hand Tools and Equipment

  • Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee owned) used by employees at their workplace in good condition?
  • Are hand tools such as chisels and punches, which develop mushroomed heads during use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?
  • Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes and similar equipment replaced promptly?
  • Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?
  • Are appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?
  • Are employees made aware of the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?
  • Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, etc. used while using hand tools or equipment which might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage?
  • Are jacks checked periodically to ensure they are in good operating condition?
  • Are tool handles wedged tightly in the head of all tools?
  • Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?
  • Are tools stored in dry, secure location where they won't be tampered with?
  • Is eye and face protection used when driving hardened or tempered spuds or nails?