Hand-Held Power Tools

Please read the risk assessment below

Date of Assessment28/01/2023Version1.0
ActivityUsing Hand-held Power Tools
EquipmentDrill, Driver, Circular Saw, Jig-saw, Angle Grinder, Belt Sander, Random Orbital Sander, Multi-tool
Details of activity 
Induction / Role RequiredWorkshop induction
Form completed byBen Jacobs-HoweChecked by 
  • This risk assessment is intended to provide guidance on the risk associated with the above equipment and activities in normal use.
  • Please also check general risk assessments for the area within which this equipment or activity is based.
  • Any discrepancies, errors or concerns should be raised with the document authors, area specialists (e.g. admins, superusers) or trustees.

Understanding Risk Rating:

Risk RatingAction
LOWEnsure current control measures are in place and continue with activity
MEDControl measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended
HIGHDo not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists

Risk Assessment:

Identify HazardsWho may be harmed and howSeverityControl MeasuresLikelihoodRisk Rating
Something with the potential to cause harmUsers, bystanders or particular at risk groupsLow / Medium / HighWhat is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.Low / Medium / HighCalculate from table above
Incompetent userUser, BystanderHIGH      Users must not use tools that they are not competent to use.   Members must challenge use that they believe is dangerous.   Users must read the user manual where applicable   Users must read the risk assessment before using a tool  LOW        MED        
Contact with bit, drill, blade, or discUser – serious harm  HIGH    Guards must not be removed and must be used where they are provided on the tool.   Ensure all loose clothing and long hair are tied back to prevent contact with the tool.   Do not place excessive pressure on the tool to achieve a hole or cut.   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of cutting or drilling area).   Do not leave tool running when not in use   Switch tool off immediately after useLOW      MED
Drawing in (being pulled into the belt sander, grinder, or circular saw)User of the tool – serious harmHIGHEnsure all loose clothing and long hair are tied back to prevent contact with the tool.   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of the cutting area).  LOWMED
Dust (inhalation, fire, explosion)User of the tool, users of the room, the space – breathing difficulties/irritationMEDThe tool must be used with the dust extractor attached and working, where a connection is provided on the tool.   Maintenance must include the cleaning of dust from within the tool housing.   A respirator or mask should be used whilst cutting or sandingLOW    LOW
Ejection of workpiece (Kickback from saws and grinder)User of the tool, users of the room, the space. – serious harm    HIGH    Do not stand in the path of moving material   Ensure the workpiece is clamped to a surface or a vice (except for the plunge saw)  LOW    MED
NoiseUser of the tool, users of the room.MED      Ear protection is advised.LOW    LOW
Flying splintersUser of the tool, users of the room. – Eye injuryMED  Eye protection must be worn in the roomLOWLOW