Hazards associated with the use of power tools include electrical shock, cuts, and particles in the eye.
Safe tool use practices reduce or eliminate such accidents. Listed below are some of the general safety
precautions that you should observe when your work requires the use of power tools.
Ensure that all metal-cased power tools are properly grounded.
Do not use spliced cables unless an emergency warrants the risks involved.
Inspect the cord and plug for proper connection. Do not use any power tool that has a frayed
cord or broken or damaged plug.
Make sure that the on/off switch is in the OFF position before inserting or removing the plug
from the receptacle.
Always unplug the extension cord from the receptacle before the portable power tool is
unplugged from the extension cord.
Ensure all cables are positioned so they will not constitute a tripping hazard.
Wear eye protection (goggles) in work areas where particles may strike the eye.
After completing a task requiring a portable power tool, disconnect the power cord as described
above and store the tool in its assigned location.
When using a soldering iron, remember the following:
To avoid burns, always assume that a plugged-in soldering iron is HOT.
Never rest a heated iron anywhere but in a holder provided for that purpose. Faulty action on
your part could result in fire, extensive equipment damage, and/or serious injuries.
Never use an excessive amount of solder. Drippings can cause serious skin or eye burns and can
cause short circuits.
Do not swing an iron to remove excess solder. Bits of hot solder can cause serious skin or eye
burns or may ignite combustible material in the work area.
When cleaning an iron, use a natural fiber cleaning cloth; never use synthetics, which melt. Do
not hold the cleaning cloth in your hand. Always place the cloth on a suitable surface; then wipe
the iron across it to avoid burning your hand.
Hold small soldering jobs with pliers or a suitable clamping device to avoid burns. Never hold
the work in your hand.
Do not use an iron that has a frayed cord or damaged plug.