Oregon OSHA

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Overview

Portable power tools are generally classified by their power source: electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and powder-actuated. Follow these five safe practices to prevent injuries caused by portable power tools:

  • Maintain them to keep them in good condition
  • Use the right tool for the job
  • Examine each tool for damage before using it; do not use damaged tools
  • Operate tools following the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Use the personal protective equipment appropriate for the tool