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Hand Tools and Equipment


This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see www.dli.mn.gov/). (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee-owned) used at the workplace in good condition?
  • Are hand tools, such as chisels, punches, etc., 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?
  • Are appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?
  • Are employees aware of hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?
  • Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, etc., used while using hand tools or equipment that 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 into the heads of all tools?
  • Are tool cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?
  • Are tools stored in a dry, secure location where they cannot be tampered with?
  • Is eye and face protection used when driving hardened or tempered studs or nails?
Source: Federal OSHA