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Portable (Power Operated) 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 grinders, saws and similar equipment provided with appropriate safety guards?
  • Are power tools used with proper shields, guards, or attachments, as recommended by the manufacturer?
  • Are portable circular saws equipped with guards above and below the base shoe?
  • Are circular saw guards checked to ensure that they are not wedged up, 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 and sprockets on equipment such as concrete mixers, air compressors, etc.?
  • 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?
Source: Federal OSHA