Safety Requirements for Procurement, Maintenance and Use of Hand-held Powered Tools


This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) covers the requirements and technical guidance for evaluation of life-cycle cost, productivity, and safety/health factors related to power hand tool selection. It applies approaches to selection of quieter and lower vibration hand-held powered tools, with optimal ergonomic features, for the prevention of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), hearing loss and repetitive motion injuries. It suggests use of noise and vibration data provided by vendors to be verified and supplemented by information available through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and European Union databases.

Inclusion/exclusion of data in this document is not intended to imply that all of the products described herein are the only production models that meet this standard. Consumers are requested to consult with manufacturers concerning lists of stock production models that meet this standard.

Guidance for selection, procurement and maintenance of power hand tools should be one component of management processes supporting productivity, reliability and product quality while safe guarding the safety and health of employees. Workplace design, procurement of safest available products and periodic evaluation is integral to risk/cost management and promotion of personnel morale and efficient operations. An ergonomics program should be an integral part of occupational health and management systems, such as those outlined in ANSI Z10-2012.


1. Update Table A1-1 "Notional Guidance on Weighting Factors for Tool Evaluation" to include physical safety factors (factors which can create an acute injury such as electrical safety or physical disintegration). (Note that present table has 90 possible points versus 100 possible points). 2. Include basic guidance for safety in purchase of appendiges (consumables/removable tools) 3. Provide guidance for dust control (appendix not included in initial AS 6228)

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