Powder-Actuated Hand Tools Whenever you operate powder-actuated hand tools, safe work practices must always be followed. These tools are designed to fire nails or fastening devices into material not easily penetrated such as concrete, steel, and masonry. Unfortunately, they have also been known to fire nails and fastening devices into human flesh. Only qualified persons who have been trained and certified by an authorized instructor should use a powder-actuated tool! Persons using the tools should always have their certification card with them. GENERAL SAFETY RULES FOR powder-actuated hand tools: A powder-actuated tool must never be pointed at anyone, whether it is loaded...

Powder Actuated Tools Powder actuated tools are nothing more than a gun that fires a stud into a wall. As such, the safety rules that apply to firearm safety should almost always apply to the use of powder actuated tools. No one will be allowed to operate a powder actuated tool without proper training. The  rules discussed today are not intended to be a complete set, but serve as a reminder and a starter. Guide for Discussion Hazard Examples Flying particles Studs being shot through the work area Studs ricocheting Fire hazards Interchanging tool charges with firearm charges Basic General Safety Rules Allow...