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NIOSH Releases Nail Gun Safety Publication

Posted in on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

From NIOSH –

As part of our efforts to keep you informed of new workplace safety and health resources, we wanted to let you know that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released an innovative new publication titled Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013–149], which is also available in Spanish [Publication DHHS (NIOSH) No. 2013–149 (SP2013)].  The publications can be downloaded from the NIOSH Web site.  A limited number of copies will be printed for distribution to home building industry stakeholders and will be available around July 15, 2013. These can be ordered by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO or on the NIOSH website at

Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety uses a comic format to illustrate the potential risks of traumatic injury using nail guns and how these risks can be reduced.  Real-life examples from residential building construction are used to explain nail gun traumatic injury risks related to the two different nail gun triggering systems and a variety of residential framing nailing tasks.  The publication provides potential and new nail gun users with basic information to help them recognize potentially unsafe conditions and nail gun features that increase the risk of traumatic nail gun injury.  This publication can be used in conjunction with safety training required by OSHA or to reinforce previous nail gun safety training.  However, distribution of this publication alone will not satisfy OSHA safety training requirements, which are described in detail in Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors

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