Est. time: 23 min

The use of hand and power tools is such a common part of our workday that it is difficult to remember that they may pose hazards. These tools are manufactured with safety in mind, but tragically, serious accidents can occur before the user takes the necessary steps to search out, avoid, or hopefully eliminate tool-related hazards. In the process of removing or avoiding the hazards, workers must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of hand and power tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards. Developed by Villa Environmental, in this tutorial, you will learn the common ways hand tools are misused; employee and employer responsibilities; hand tool and power precautions; use of power tool safety guards; utilize safety switches and other built in power tool features; understand and avoid power tool dangers; general power tool practices; safety ideas for a variety of power tools; use of personal protective equipment; and general safety rules of hand and power tools.