Risk Assessment for Manual and Powered Tools

Working with tools both manual and powered carries risks to those working with the tools and other persons nearby, the table below shows a number of the most common risk areas associated with working with tools.


Activity What is the Hazard?Harm:-Who or what?What Can Be Done to reduce the risk?
CutsOperators andNearby PersonsAll proprietary guards to be used and kept in place. ( All tools to be inspected before use)Ensuring that the correct cutting blade is being used.
Eye, Hand and other InjuriesOperatorsPersonal Protective Equipment to be worn.(eye Protection and gloves when cutting)On Powered saw tables Push sticks, jigs, holders, automatic feeding tables, etc. should be used whenever possible to keep fingers away from Blades.Hand chisels, hand saws etc. checked for damage and sharpness
NoiseAll PersonsPublic and Residents nearbyEar Defenders issued to all workers.Hearing Protection Zones are established.Ensure agreed working times are understood and work done within them. 
Electric Shock






Operators.110v Supply to be used.Inspect cables and plugs before and after use.Use battery Powered tools where possible. 

RCD Units where 110V not possible.


Trips and FallsOperators and Nearby PersonsEnsure that trailing cables are suitably routed.Good Housekeeping, clean up off cuts.Clean up Spills as soon as possibleCorrect footwear to be worn
DustOperators and Nearby PersonsSet up Machinery and all extraction systems with manufactures instructions.Ensure vacuumed dust bags are emptied properly.

Power Tools