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Safety information profile: powered hand tools.
NIOSH 1979 Apr; :1-72
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.
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
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Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division