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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - use of cartridge-operated tools

This briefing addresses the key risks associated with cartridge-based tools and the control measures necessary to manage them.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Use of Cartridge-Operated Tools is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential problems that can arise if risks aren’t properly managed and what can be done to prevent accidents with cartridge-operated tools.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including contact with a projectile resulting from negative discharge, falls caused by recoil of the gun and injuries to others working in the area.


Control measures include completing a risk assessment, providing staff with correct training and issuing them with personal protective equipment.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Only trained operatives should use cartridge tools.
  • Always use the gun in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always wear the correct type of PPE, e.g. head, eye and hearing protection.
  • Tools and cartridges should be kept under lock and key when not in use.