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Modules: 2
Hours: 1
Sectors: All Industries

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Course 160 Tool Safety: Basic

Key Topics

  • Hand Tool Safety
  • Power Tool Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Proper Tool Use
  • Power Tool Hazards
  • Guarding
  • Insulation
  • Grounding and GFCIs

Target Audience

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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Tools are inherently dangerous.

In 2017, there were 991 reported fatalities in the workplace. Not all of these were due to hand and power tools, yet it's important to understand that using defective tools, or not using tools correctly do cause fatalities as well as serious injuries. Hand and power tools are a common part of our everyday lives and are present in nearly every industry. These tools help us easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible.

Hand and power tool hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and the construction industry.

This course is designed to present to employees and employers a summary of some of the more important safe work practices when working with hand and portable power tools.

The material in this course is based on the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. However, this course should not be considered as a substitute for the full safety and health standards for the general industry 1910, Subpart P, or for the construction industry, 1926, Subpart I.

Employers and employees in the 26 states and territories with OSHA-approved state safety and health plans should check with their state agency. Their state may be enforcing standards and other procedures that, while "at least as effective as" federal standards, are not always identical to the federal requirements.

Modules and Learning Objectives

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Module 1 - Hand and Tool Safety

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the five basic safety rules for hand and power tools.
  • Describe the ergonomic issues inherent with working with the wrong hand tools.
  • Discuss the importance of selecting the right tools for the job.
  • Discuss design factors to consider when choosing single- and double-handle hand tools.
  • List at least five best practices for proper hand tool use.
  • Describe best practices for replacing and storing hand tools.

Module 2 - Power Tool Safety

Learning objectives in this module include:

  • Identify some of the more dangerous hand tools commonly used in the workplace.
  • Describe the common moving parts that must be guarded on power tools.
  • Describe the various types of control switches on power tools.
  • Describe the safe work practices when using extension cords.
  • Define "grounding" and describe difference between 2-wire and 3-wire circuits.
  • Discuss the purpose for and importance of using ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
  • Describe how double-insulated tools help protect against shock in wet environments.
  • Describe the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with power tools.

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Course 160 Final Exam

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