Hand Protection Learning

Safe use of powered hand drills

  • Wear proper eye and hearing protection.
  • Keep drill vents clear to maintain adequate drill ventilation.
  • Keep drill bits sharp at all times.
  • Keep electrical cords clear of the drilling area.
  • Secure the material being drilled to prevent movement.
  • Slow the rate of feed before breaking through the surface.
  • Drill a small pilot hole before drilling large holes.
  • Disconnect the power supply before changing or adjusting the drill bit or other attachments.
  • Remove the chuck key before connecting the drill to the power supply.
  • Do not use a bent or damaged drill bit.
  • Do not exceed the manufacturer’s recommended maximum drilling capacities.
  • Do not use high speed steel bits without cooling or lubrication.
  • Do not reach under or around material being drilled.
  • Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
  • Do not drill with one hand while holding the material with the other.

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