OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist

Hand Tools and Equipment and

Use of OSHA Personal Protective Equipment

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________


Needs to be Addressed


Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee owned) used by employees at their workplace in good condition?

Are chisels, punches, and other hand tools, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?      
Are on hammers, axes and similar equipment replaced promptly?      
Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?      
Are the appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?      
Have employees been trained about the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?        
Do employees wear PPE (safety glasses, face shields, and other OSHA personal protective equipment)  while using hand tools or equipment that could produce projectiles or be subject to breaking?      

Are jacks checked regularly to ensure they are in good operating condition?


Are tool handles wedged tightly in the head of all tools?

Are cutting tools kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly with no binding or skipping?  

Are tools stored in dry, secure locations?


Do employees wear PPE like eye and face protection when driving hardened or tempered spuds or nails?


This OSHA Self-Inspection Checklist for Hand Tools and Use of OSHA Personal Protective Equipment is NOT all-inclusive.  You should add to it or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each item, and refer to OSHA standards on Hand Tools and Equipment, as well as OSHA Personal Protective Equipment for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your work environment.  This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime. Additional economical training resources on Hand Tools and Equipment, as well as PPE can be found here.

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