Self-Inspection to Comply with the

Safety Regulations in the Workplace:

Portable (Power Operated) Tools and Equipment

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________


Needs to be Addressed

Yes N/A

Are appropriate safety guards installed on grinders, saws, and similar equipment?

Are the OSHA power tools being used with the manufacturer-recommended shields, guards, or attachments?      
Are portable circular saws equipped with guards above and below the base shoe?      
Are circular saw guards checked to avoid them becoming wedged up, leaving the lower portion of the blade unguarded?      
Are guards used on rotating or moving parts of equipment to prevent physical contact?      
Are all OSHA hand tools which are cord-connected or electrically powered properly grounded (or double insulated)?        
Are effective guards in place  over belts, pulleys, chains, sprockets, and on equipment such as concrete mixers, and air compressors?

Are portable fans provided with full guards or screens having openings 1/2 inch or less?


Is hoisting equipment available and used for lifting heavy objects?

Are hoist ratings and characteristics appropriate for the task?      

Are ground-fault circuit interrupters provided on all temporary electrical 15 and 20 amp circuits when used during periods of construction?


Are pneumatic and hydraulic hoses on power-operated tools checked regularly for deterioration or damage?


This OSHA Power Tools and OSHA Hand Tools Checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to it as necessary or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each item on OSHA power tools and OSHA hand tools, and refer to OSHA Safety Regulations in the Workplace (29 CFR 1910.242) 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 safety regulations in the workplace, and specifically OSHA hand tools and OSHA power tools can be found here.

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