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Hand and Power Tools
This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instruction to OSHA staff), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to hand and power tools in the workplace.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
- 1910 Subpart P, Hand and portable powered tools and other hand-held equipment
- 1910 Subpart R, Special industries
- 1910 Subpart T, Commercial diving operations [related topic page]
- 1910.422, Procedures during dive
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
- 1915 Subpart H, Tools and related equipment
Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1917)
Longshoring (29 CFR 1918)
Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
- 1926 Subpart I, Tools - hand and power
- 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart T -- Commercial Diving Operations. CPL 02-00-151, (June 13, 2011). Provides guidelines for the occupational safety and health standards for commercial diving operations, 29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart T.
- Logging Operations, Inspection Procedures and Interpretive Guidance Including Twelve Previously Stayed Provisions. CPL 02-01-022 [CPL 2-1.22], (September 27, 1996). Clarifies enforcement policies for the logging operations standard (29 CFR 1910.266), including paragraph (e) "Hand and portable power tools".
- Logging Operations, Inspection Procedures and Interpretive Guidance. CPL 02-01-019 [CPL 2-1.19], (March 17, 1995). Contains inspection and compliance information for hand and portable powered tools used in logging operations.
- Explosive Actuated Fastening Tools. STD 01-13-002 [STD 1-13.2A], (December 9, 1985). Provides specific interpretation as to when magazine-fed, explosive power operated hand tools are considered "loaded".
Letters of Interpretation
- D'AX wheels are to be guarded as cutting saws. (June 22, 1998).
- Use of insulated hand tools. (July 30, 1996).
- Letter requesting interpretation of the OSHA electrical standards as they apply to employees using insulated hand tools. (May 20, 1996).
- The Canadian Standards Association, a nationally recognized testing laboratory, marking and double insulated tools. (September 1, 1995).
- Certification of manufactured products intended for use in the workplace. (December 14, 1994).
- All electric tools need to be tested by a qualified national testing laboratory and be listed and labeled. (January 28, 1994).
- Use of general protective equipment and tools by employees when working near exposed energized conductors or circuit parts in the workplace. (December 27, 1991).
- Marking recognition, regulations and policy of double insulated power tools. (November 8, 1985).
- Applicability of 1910.212(a)(3)(ii) to Portable Pneumatic Powered Fastener Tools. (March 25, 1985).
- Clarification that a safety device to automatically cut off the flow of compressed air applies only to pneumatic power tools. (June 6, 1983).
- Pneumatic tools must be designed and used in accordance with good engineering practices. (April 8, 1982).
- Clarification of 1910.212 and 1910.242 as applying to hand-type office paper cutters and sharp edged hand tools. (September 15, 1976).