You may have heard it in the news or has witnessed personally – an accident involving power tools. Accidents such as being punctured by a nail gun or being hit by the flying disc of the angle grinder are some of the common occurrences in the workshops.
An accident like this continues to plague workplaces and become part of the rising statistics involving the use of hand and power tools. To combat this, training in the use of hand and power tools is needed. Training can drastically minimize injuries. The training helps in identifying the possible hazards present in the workplace and abets in addressing these scenarios in order to prevent accidents.
The need for the provision of training in the use of hand and power tools is vital in every workplace. Training is crucial for DIYers, hobbyists and even experienced individuals to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the safe use of these tools and be updated with the present OSHA standards. While training tackles the proper use of the power tools, more importantly, safety is what we aimed at taking the training.
We encourage you – especially those who are new to this, to take the necessary training and be able to familiarize with the proper and safe use of these dangerous tools. Getting into the training isn’t something to spend a lot of time thinking about – act now and take the training today.
What is Power Tool Safety Training?
Power tools safety training is a specialized course specific to the skill level of the worker. If you’re a beginner, training tends to be lengthy and extensive and hence takes a longer time to complete. A skilled individual, being experienced, doesn’t need that much time to complete the training.
If you’re presently employed, power tool safety training can be given by the employer at no cost to you. The training can be taken onsite in the actual worksite. This method is the most preferred way because the course can be customized to address some unforeseen issues and be altered to match with equipment and tools being used.
The training can be completed in just a few hours or in one whole day – depending on the number of workers involved and the comprehensiveness of the course.
The course may consist of the following: classroom lecture, practical use, and performance evaluation. Successful completion of this training enables you to earn your certificate.
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Did You Know the Training Can Be Done Online
Yes, you read it right. Power tool safety training can be done online. This makes it handy for employers to provide the training for their workers and for individuals to take courses in the convenience of their home.
If you’re an employer whose business is in the construction industry and managing a number of workers, provision of training is a necessity to comply with OSHA. This is when online training comes in handy. You don’t have to send your workers away, you just have to register them for the online course and let them take training with a computer. But I must warn you that in-person training is the best way to go. In-person training has a lot of benefits compared to the online method. With in-person training, site and equipment-specific issues can be addressed and that the syllabus can be modified to fit with the types of tools used in the workplace.
To find an online training provider, you just have to do is to search on Google, you will be presented with a number of providers where you can register for the course.
We would not recommend any of them. You just have to contact one, discuss your requirement, and see what fits your need. To see what they can offer, browse thoroughly their website, and check their syllabus, are the contents match with your prerequisites?
How Do You Use the Tools During the Training?
Because of its inherent danger, the use of power tools in the training is supervised by the trainer during the practical exercises. Supervision includes the conduct of lectures and discussions, followed by practical exercises. This practical training is crucial to grasp the skills needed to operate the tools safely and efficiently.
In order to be certified or receive your certificate, a practical test is administered at the latter part of the course. The trainer will give you a set of tasks to follow; if the trainer is satisfied with your performance, you will then be qualified to receive your training certificate.
Where Can You learn to Use Power Tools?
People learn to use power tools in the workshops with the aid of a colleague. This is true in every scenario, but in order to be professional and safe, we encourage you to take formal training. This is in compliance with the current OSHA standards.
If you are working in a construction site where there are a lot of hazards, the more you need hand and power tool training. You may ask your employer to provide this for you. The employer can arrange the training by hiring an external trainer if no in-house trainer is available; or through the supervision of the company’s safety officer.
Advantages of Provision of Such Training (For Employer)
If you are an employer, the provision of the training is for compliance with the current OSHA regulation. The last thing you don’t want to happen as a business owner is a fatal accident in the workplace. OSHA inspector will conduct an investigation for sure, and if it is found out that it is your negligence why the accident happened, you may receive hefty fines.
It lowers insurance premiums and other operating costs. With the provision of the training comes fewer accidents, and therefore, there will be lesser hospital bills to settle and insurance premiums to pay. And at the end of the day, it is you, the employer will benefit from giving your workers the proper training.
Boosts workers’ morale. Provision of the training does boost workers’ morale. They tend to work proficiently with fewer accidents or injuries. Workers will feel their well-being is given importance and thus increases productivity.