Seminar on Portable Power Tools Safety

November 05, 2009 in Newsletters


The PSSP-MER conducted a seminar workshop on Portable Power Tools Safety at Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran, KSA last September 25, 2009 attended by PSSP-MER members, officers & Board of Directors. A half day of a detailed & concise explanation on the topic is shared by the resource speaker Mr. Peter Q. Panganiban, a Safety Advisor by occupation, DOLE-BWC accredited safety practitioner & the PSSP-MER Treasurer.


A Trainees- centered approach was facilitated so as to have a good paticipation/interaction by the attendees.


   During the seminar, it was clearly emphasized, that users  should be trained in the proper use of all tools. Workers should be able to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary. Furthermore, any tool that has power for its operation from a source othe than human force is commonly called power tools. Portable power tools refer to power tools that are potable by nature in their use. It was highlighted, that there are several types of portable power tools, based on the power source they use: electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and power-actuated. Portable power tools can be hazardous when improperly used. Hence, employees should be trained in the use  of all portable power tools. If required, certification and/or license to operate a specific tool shall be adhered to. Thorough understanding, of the potential hazards as well as the safety precautions to prevent those hazards from occuring is very impotant. The following general safety rules should be observed by portable power tool users:

  • Read the owner's manual before using your tool.
  • Use your tool only for the specific task it was designed to do.
  • Never use any tool - power or manual - unless you are trianed to do so.
  • Inspect before each use and replace or repair if parts are worn or damaged.
  • Inspect screws, nuts, bolts and moveable parts to make sure  they are tightened.
  • Before plugging or unplugging tools, be sure power switch is turned to "OFF."  
  • Never disconnect power by pulling on the cord  - remove the plug from the outlet.
  • Never clean or repair a tool unless power is disconnected. (Repair tools only if you are trained to do so.)
  • When working on ladders or scaffolding rest power tools on a flat surface or in a bin secured to the ladder itself. (A falling tool can seriously injure a coworker or bystander.)
  • Use a ground fault circuit interrupter when working with power tools.
  • Do not wear rings, jewelry, or loose clothing when operating power tools.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face shields, safety goggles, disposable masks, etc. as required.
  • Using guards.
  • Properly storing the tool.
  • Using safe handling techniques.

   After the seminar workshop the participants was given a final test with appropriate awards for the first three attendees who got a 100 percent score. As usual, a detailed hard bound manual was given to the attendees containing the information of what has been taken up together with the other topics facilitated by PSSP-MER. Neil T. Acaso



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