Using Battery-powered Tools

Tips for operating these tools safely

Battery-powered tools, sometimes referred to as cordless tools, can provide convenience when traveling to different job sites. Amid continued technological advancements, battery-powered tools are becoming more powerful and efficient, allowing employees like you to perform a range of tasks with ease. As these tools become increasingly available and more frequently utilized in the workplace, it’s essential to know how to operate them safely. This article contains more information on battery-powered tools and tips for proper use.

Overview of Battery-powered Tools

Battery-powered tools can be utilized for various job tasks. These tools run on different types of rechargeable batteries and offer increased portability. Common examples of battery-powered tools include drills, drivers, saws and grinders.

Safety Tips for Battery-Powered Tools

Every battery-powered tool presents unique hazards. Familiarizing yourself with the proper use, maintenance and storage of these tools can help mitigate related safety risks. Follow these tips:

  • Review the manual. Read the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how to properly use, store and maintain the tool. Never alter or remove the tool’s safety features.
  • Dress appropriately for the job. Tie long hair back and avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes or jewelry that could get caught in the tool’s moving parts.
  • Wear safety gear. Ensure you are wearing appropriate protective gear for the job, such as safety glasses, a dust mask, gloves, boots and hearing protection.
  • Conduct an inspection. Check the tool’s condition before use; make repairs or replacements as needed.
  • Confirm the work area is safe. Be sure your work surface is stable and keep the area clear of debris. Secure work materials with clamps or vices to allow both your hands to operate the tool and keep your hands out of the line of operation.
  • Use the right battery. Ensure the tool has the correctly sized battery installed; only use manufacturer-approved batteries. Don’t use a battery if it’s damaged, has been modified or dropped, or has received a sharp blow. Safely dispose of batteries as needed.
  • Transport the tool with caution. Grip the tool by the handle and keep your fingers off the switch when transporting the tool.
  • Avoid hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Grip the tool lightly, keep your hands and fingers warm, and take regular breaks to reduce your risk of experiencing HAVS.

Battery-powered tools can be useful; yet, they must be operated correctly. Talk to your supervisor for more workplace safety resources