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Revealed: Seven benefits of using a register for explosive power tools

by , 16 September 2013
Do you work with explosive power tools? If so, it's crucial you comply with the OHSA's driven machinery regulations. One way to do this is to use a register for explosive power tools. Not convinced? Here's why you should...

'If more than one person uses the same explosive power tool, it's a good idea to use a register for signing the tool in and out,' says the Health&Safety Advisor.

This means, every employee signing the tools in and out must complete a tool inspection checklist.

The register and inspection process for explosive power tools has the following benefits:

Benefit#1: Everybody knows who has the tool at any particular time;

Benefit#2: The register will show if the person who signed the tool out last has returned it;

Benefit#3: The inspection will prove the tool was safe for use when the last person signed it out;

Benefit#4: The inspection will provide information for a damaged tool investigation;

Benefit#5: The inspection process will prove the tool was clean and safe for use when the last person who used returned it to the storage area;

Benefit#6: The supervisor or manager can easily audit the register and inspection file because everything is documented; and

Benefit#7: The register includes a list of the power tools. This supports the inventory part of an audit.

Remember, there are severe penalties for noncompliance. These penalties include hefty fines and even jail time. So make sure you use a register and inspection process for explosive power to meet all your health and safety obligations.

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