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Did you know the U.S. Department of Labor has a set of guidelines that dictate proper use of power and hand tools in the workplace? Ignorance of power tool safety rules won't help you in the case of a mishap or liability connected with a workplace accident. Knowing exactly what federal guidelines say will not only keep you free from litigation, but will increase the safety margins and productivity of your work crews. Did you know federal safety rules prohibit splintered wooden handles on hand tools? Or that spark-resistant hand tools must be used near potential sources of flammable liquids? What are your hammers, saws, and screwdrivers made of? Did you know that all damaged tools must be clearly labeled, "do not use?" These rules are all clearly spelled out on OSHA's website.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|