OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Portable (Power Operated) Tools and Equipment

Portable (Power Operated) Tools and Equipment

  • Are grinders, saws and similar equipment provided with appropriate safety guards?
  • Are power tools used with the correct shield, guard, or attachment, recommended by the manufacturer?
  • Are portable circular saws equipped with guards above and below the base shoe?
  • Are circular saw guards checked to assure they are not wedged up, thus leaving the lower portion of the blade unguarded?
  • Are rotating or moving parts of equipment guarded to prevent physical contact?
  • Are all cord-connected, electrically operated tools and equipment effectively grounded or of the approved double insulated type?
  • Are effective guards in place over belts, pulleys, chains, sprockets, on equipment such as concrete mixers, and air compressors?
  • Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch (1.2700 centimeters) or less?
  • Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects, and are hoist ratings and characteristics appropriate for the task?
  • Are ground-fault circuit interrupters provided on all temporary electrical 15 and 20 ampere circuits, used during periods of construction?
  • Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?