Safety Focus of the Week: Powder Actuated Tools (Revisited)
ECI’s powder actuated tools are made by Ramset. In accordance with OSHA, all users must be licensed prior to using the powder actuated tool. The licensing typically is done by the tool manufacturer. Everyone working around the powder actuated tools should be aware of the basic safety concerns, even if they are not operating the tool.
The Ramset website summarizes the basic safety concerns – Ramset Safety.
The basic safety issues include:
- Hand Placement
- Load Level Number
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Powder Load Transport
- Warning Signage
- Avoiding very hard or soft materials
- Spall Protection
- Tool Storage
MSDS sheets should be reviewed and readily available when the Ramset is being used.