June 24, 2013
The folks at NIOSH recently published "Straight talk about nail gun safety," a short comic book intended for workers that describes why nail guns are dangerous and how to use them safely. Real-life examples from residential building construction explain hazards associated with nail gun triggering systems and many nailing tasks.
The content is based on a previous NIOSH publication: Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors (NIOSH Publication No. 2011–202/OSHA Publication No. 3459–8–11) and input from residential building contractors, safety specialists, and workers.
"Straight talk" isn't intended to take the place of training – new nail gun users must still be trained – but it is a useful training supplement. Safety training requirements are covered in Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors.
A limited number of copies of "Straight talk" will be available to home building industry stakeholders by mid-July 2013. Call 800-CDC-INFO (toll-free) or go to the NIOSH website to order.
Reprinting, excerpting, or plagiarizing any part of this publication is fine with us!
But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.
For information about Oregon OSHA services and answers to technical questions, call (503) 378-3272 or toll-free within Oregon, (800) 922-2689.