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| Standard Number:||1926.21(b)(2); 1926.302(e); 1910.243(d)|
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[o]nly employees who have been trained in the operation of the particular tool in use shall be allowed to operate a powder-actuated tool.This provision applies specifically to powder-actuated tools, and is thus inapplicable to the tool you describe, which is fuel-actuated. The section of the standard that addresses the fuel-actuated tools you are asking about, §1926.302(c) (Fuel powered tools), does not include a requirement on training.
The employer shall instruct each employee in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to his work environment to control or eliminate any hazards or other exposure to illness or injury.Therefore, the employer must ensure that the employee is instructed "in the recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to" the use of fuel powered fastening tools used by the employee.
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