Electrical Power Tool Safety

Some common considerations to be made for power tools are: Never carry cable equipment.

Always yank the cable to unplug it from the receptacle.

Tools separate by moving edges, pieces, or cutters.

Evite loose clothes which can be trapped between moving parts.

Look out for cord risks on the ride.

Do not use electrical equipment in hot or rainy environments.

Guarding is another important aspect of the electrical power equipment.

Lack of proper security, or abuse of guards is a serious breach of OSHA.Click Hand Planers in Townsville

OSHA’s position on protecting is that any dangerous moving parts of a device that may come into contact with an individual need to be secured. Both tools must have guards properly in place when in use, except under the following conditions: when no protection has been produced for the weapon in question.

When the round blade or abrasive wheel has a diameter of less than 2 inches (like a “Dremel” tool, or die-grinder).

When placing a grinding wheel inside an area that fully covers the wheel (such as grinding the inside of a steel pipe).

Because of the workpiece design when it is difficult to use a grinding wheel with the guard in place.

In the latter situation, safety flanges (mounting onto the grinding wheel) should be used with the grinding wheel, and the grinding wheel designed for use with safety flanges. OSHA will not allow guards to be manufactured in the case of equipment that had no guards at the time of manufacturing. OSHA will however allow any staff participating to use personal protective equipment.

Surprisingly enough, OSHA even has guidelines regarding the type of electronic controls that are used on power tools. One of three forms of switches is allowed as power tools.

Drills, fastener rulers, grinders (with wheels larger than 2 inches), disk and belt sanders, sabers, reciprocating saws and other related equipment will have the “On-Off” option for the moment. The move may have the feature “Lock-On,” which allows the worker to unlock with the same trigger finger. Small disk sanders and grinders with wheels smaller than 2 inches, routers, planers, nibblers, shears, and jigsaws with 1/4 inch wide or less blade shanks may have a successful “On-Off” turn. Circular saws, chain saws and rhythm devices that can not be easily held must have constant-pressure switches that, when activated, cut off the control.