Ask Technical: A worker writes with a question about training and equipment.
Q: I am a clerk in a retail garden center. Recently, my employer asked me to use a handheld circular saw to break down some wooden shipping pallets. I've never used one of these saws before. Is my employer required to do something so that I don't hurt myself when I use it?
Yes, your employer must:
- Assess the hazards associated with the saw.
- Ensure that you are trained and supervised in the safe operation of the saw.
- Provide you with any personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to protect you from the saw's hazards and ensure that the PPE fits you.
- Train you how to use and maintain the PPE.
Examples of PPE required for using a circular saw include goggles or safety glasses with side-shields to protect your eyes and appropriate gloves if the wood you are handling is rough or has nails or splinters.
For more information, see:
- Administrator's message
- Cover Story: Preparing for the worst
- Emergency plans - does your workplace need them?
- Safety Notes: A worker is caught in a six-foot-deep excavation
- Ask Technical: A worker writes with a question about training and equipment
- News Briefs
- Going the Distance: Meet the safety manager at NW Natural