The Power Tool Institute is dedicated to educating the public about the safe use of power tools. PTI also works with various agencies to encourage high safety standards in the manufacture of power tools.
Although most power tools are not complicated to operate, basic safety practices must be followed, and the tools must be kept in proper operating condition, whether they are in the hands of a professional tradesman, a beginning do-it-yourselfer or a vocational student. The demands of safety apply to all.
“Safety is Specific” (in English or Spanish) is PTI’s key safety publication, a 50-page illustrated brochure that includes a straightforward compilation of rules and safe practices for each category of power tool use (specific cautions, warnings and dangers). You may print the pdf of “Safety is Specific” or, for individual tool sections, click on links in the list below and print. Individual tool sections are not available in Spanish. Click here to download Spanish version (Español), "Seguridad Específica.”
For safety information on specific power tools, click the links below to view and print.
The General Safety precautions and guidelines discuss the safe operation of widely used portable and stationary tools. The warnings and instructions on the power tool and in its operator’s manual provide the best source of safety information for the tool.