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Explosive Power Tools SWMS

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WORK ACTIVITIES

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5.Safe Handling and Use of Explosive Power Tools – Powder Actuated Tool (PAT)

Hazards Present

  • Explosive / pneumatic power tools
  • Flying debris – eye injuries
  • Noise – hearing damage
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Accidental discharge
  • Burns
  • Fire or explosion

Risk Control Measures

  • Make sure the manufacturer’s specifications and operating instructions for the model of PAT being used (as well as the fasteners and charges) are read, understood and complied with;
  • Make sure the PAT is not used until the operator is trained in the tool’s safe use;
  • Make sure only a competent person loads and uses explosive PAT, supervise trainee workers until competent;
  • Make sure warning signs are posted when powder-actuated tools are in use. Signs should state “PAT in Use” and should be posted within the area where the tool is being used;
  • Make sure adequate hearing and eye protection is worn by the operator and others in the vicinity;
  • Before using the tool, make sure the operator conducts a (daily) function check to ensure that the tool is clean, operating correctly and the barrel is free from obstructions;
  • The PAT should never be loaded unless it is to be used immediately and never be left unattended whilst loaded;
  • Make sure the weakest compatible charge is used for the first (test) firing and that the strength of charges are selected to carry out the work without applying excessive force to the fastener;
  • Unless specified in the tool’s operating manual, fasteners should be at least 75mm from an edge, corner, or predrilled hole of concrete or brickwork (For steel, at least 12mm from an edge or hole);
  • Fasteners should not be driven into material through which they can pass through or into very hard or brittle materials (e.g. high-tensile or hardened steel, cast iron, hard tile, terracotta, glazed brick, marble granite etc.);
  • If the PAT misfires, the operator should continue to hold the tool against the work surface for at least 10 seconds before trying to fire again. If the second attempt doesn’t fire, wait at least another 10 second so that the faulty charge is less likely to explode, and then carefully remove the charge and place it in water;
  • NEVER place any part of your body over the front muzzle of the tool even if no fastener is present. The fastener, pin or tool piston can cause serious injury or death in the event of an accidental discharge;
  • If the PAT jams in the firing position, it should be left alone and locked away where it cannot harm anyone if it accidentally discharged (then contact the manufacturer for directions);
  • PATs should not be used if flammable vapours or materials may be present;
  • Make sure the PAT is pointed away from workers or other persons at all time;
  • ALWAYS hold the tool perpendicular (90°) to the fastening surface to prevent ricocheting fasteners. Use the spall guard whenever possible;
  • Never transport the PAT with your finger on the trigger or pointing in the direction of any other person;
  • Make sure powder-actuated and gas tools are stored unloaded.
  • Make sure the PAT and accessories are kept in a locked container when not in use;
  • NEVER attempt to bypass or circumvent any of the safety features on a powder-actuated and gas tool;
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire
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Hazards Present

  • Explosive / pneumatic power tools
  • Flying debris – eye injuries
  • Noise – hearing damage
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Accidental discharge
  • Burns
  • Fire or explosion

Risk Control Measures

  • Make sure the manufacturer’s specifications and operating instructions for the model of PAT being used (as well as the fasteners and charges) are read, understood and complied with;
  • Make sure the PAT is not used until the operator is trained in the tool’s safe use;
  • Make sure only a competent person loads and uses explosive PAT, supervise trainee workers until competent;
  • Make sure warning signs are posted when powder-actuated tools are in use. Signs should state “PAT in Use” and should be posted within the area where the tool is being used;
  • Make sure adequate hearing and eye protection is worn by the operator and others in the vicinity;
  • Before using the tool, make sure the operator conducts a (daily) function check to ensure that the tool is clean, operating correctly and the barrel is free from obstructions;
  • The PAT should never be loaded unless it is to be used immediately and never be left unattended whilst loaded;
  • Make sure the weakest compatible charge is used for the first (test) firing and that the strength of charges are selected to carry out the work without applying excessive force to the fastener;
  • Unless specified in the tool’s operating manual, fasteners should be at least 75mm from an edge, corner, or predrilled hole of concrete or brickwork (For steel, at least 12mm from an edge or hole);
  • Fasteners should not be driven into material through which they can pass through or into very hard or brittle materials (e.g. high-tensile or hardened steel, cast iron, hard tile, terracotta, glazed brick, marble granite etc.);
  • If the PAT misfires, the operator should continue to hold the tool against the work surface for at least 10 seconds before trying to fire again. If the second attempt doesn’t fire, wait at least another 10 second so that the faulty charge is less likely to explode, and then carefully remove the charge and place it in water;
  • NEVER place any part of your body over the front muzzle of the tool even if no fastener is present. The fastener, pin or tool piston can cause serious injury or death in the event of an accidental discharge;
  • If the PAT jams in the firing position, it should be left alone and locked away where it cannot harm anyone if it accidentally discharged (then contact the manufacturer for directions);
  • PATs should not be used if flammable vapours or materials may be present;
  • Make sure the PAT is pointed away from workers or other persons at all time;
  • ALWAYS hold the tool perpendicular (90°) to the fastening surface to prevent ricocheting fasteners. Use the spall guard whenever possible;
  • Never transport the PAT with your finger on the trigger or pointing in the direction of any other person;
  • Make sure powder-actuated and gas tools are stored unloaded.
  • Make sure the PAT and accessories are kept in a locked container when not in use;
  • NEVER attempt to bypass or circumvent any of the safety features on a powder-actuated and gas tool;
  • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire

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