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Power-Actuated Tools


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 employees who operate power-actuated tools trained in their use and required to carry a valid operator's card?
  • Is each power-actuated tool stored in its own locked container when not being used?
  • Is a sign at least 7 inches (17.78 centimeters) by 10 inches (25.40 centimeters) with bold face type reading "POWER-ACTUATED TOOL IN USE" conspicuously posted when the tool is being used?
  • Are power-actuated tools left unloaded until they are ready to be used?
  • Are power-actuated tools inspected for obstructions or defects each day before use?
  • Do power-actuated tool operators have and use appropriate PPE such as hard hats, safety goggles, safety shoes and ear protectors
Source: Federal OSHA