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Safety Information Profile: Powered Hand Tools.

Authors
Allcott-GA
Source
NIOSH 1979 Apr:72 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091549
Abstract
A safety information profile is presented for the use of powered hand tools (Standard Industrial Classification Divisions D, B, and Service Division I). Power tools are described based on power sources. Potential hazards are reviewed for each group of tools, and existing controls are discussed. Accident and illness information is included. Exposure level surveys and related studies are cited. Industry safety trends and federal standards are described. Names and addresses of industry associations and other interested parties are provided. It is concluded that the injury rate for the use of powered tools is relatively high but severity is low, and that accidents generally result from careless use of the tool and inadequate personal protective gear. The least controllable hazard is identified as penetration of electrical circuits, for which recommendations include grounding electrically powered equipment and worker hazard awareness. Other recommendations call for equipment specifications and adherence to safety regulations. Additional research is suggested to evaluate hazards for specific operations and tools.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0130; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-equipment; Accident-statistics; Electric-power-tools; Industrial-operations; Industrial-processes; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-hazards;
Publication Date
19790401
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-153451
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Contract-210-78-0130
NIOSH Division
DSR;
Source Name
Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia
State
VA; WV;
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