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OSHA Construction Nail Gun Safety

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Online Training Certification Course 29 CFR 1926 Subparts E and I

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This online course is designed to help achieve a greater understanding of nail guns, the hazards they present, and ways to minimize the risk of injury due to those hazards. This course will highlight the regulations that control nail gun use, the different types of nail guns and their trigger mechanisms, common causes of injury, and best work practices.

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What are the governing regulations?
Although there are few regulations that apply solely to nail guns, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does regulate the construction industry, and many of these regulations apply to nail guns. The applicable standards can be found in 29 CFR 1926 Subparts E and I.

Subpart E (1926.100-102) lists the requirements for personal protective equipment for the head, eyes, and ears. We will cover personal protective equipment in more detail later in the course.

Subpart I includes provisions for the use of tools, including both hand- and power-operated tools. The provisions for power operated tools can be found in 1926.302.

Who must take this training?
All workers, both new and experienced, can benefit from safety training. Employers should ensure that employees who use nail guns receive both safety training and hands-on training.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Click to Learn More What are the consequences of not training?

Case Study: Shawn, a carpenter with seven years of experience, was framing exterior walls. While nailing walls to the subfloor, he ran out of hose and bent down to pull on the hose for more slack. As he bent down, he accidentally hit his nail gun against his boot and shot a nail through the boot, into his foot, and through the bone. Shawn had the nail removed at a hospital and needed about a month to recover.

Key Takeaway: To avoid accidents like this one, you should always remain aware of your positioning in relation to the nail gun. It is also important to be familiar with your gun's trigger mechanism and to take appropriate precautions so that the gun will not discharge accidentally.

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Click to Learn More Course topics.

Specific topics covered in this course include:

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to Nail Gun Safety
    • Key Terms
    • Power Tools Overview
    • Nail Guns Overview
    • Statistics
    • Regulations
  • Types of Nail Guns and Triggers
    • Pneumatic Nail Guns
    • Powder Actuated Nail Guns
    • Triggers Overview
    • Full Sequential Trigger
    • Contact Trigger
    • Single Sequential Trigger
    • Single Actuation Trigger
  • Causes of Injury
    • Unintended Discharge-Double Fire
    • Unintended Discharge-Accidental Release of the Safety Contact
    • Nail Penetration
    • Ricochets
    • Missed Targets
    • Awkward Positioning
    • Failure to Use Safety Mechanisms
    • Other Hazards-Air Pressure
    • Other Hazards-Noise
    • Other Hazards-Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Best Practices
    • Trigger Selection
    • Training
    • Standard Work Procedures
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Reporting
    • Injuries Overview
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Exam
Click to Learn More Course format.

Our OSHA Nail Gun Safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Click to Learn More How long is the course?

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this OSHA Nail Gun Safety training online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

Click to Learn More How long do I have to complete this course?

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.

Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Click to Learn More How often is retraining or recertification required?

OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Nail Gun Safety Training. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:

(a) Each employer -

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.

A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.
Click to Learn More How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable Nail Gun Safety training certificate and wallet card.

Click to Learn More Continuing education credits?

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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