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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 27. Powder-Actuated Tools
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§1685. Operator and Instructor Qualifications.

(a) Operator Qualifications.

(1) The employer shall ensure that only qualified persons who carry valid operator's cards for the tools used be permitted to operate powder-actuated tools.

EXCEPTION: A person who is receiving training may be permitted to operate a powder-actuated tool when under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor.

(2) The operators' cards shall be issued either by qualified instructors who carry a valid, authorized instructor(s) card(s) issued by the tool manufacturer(s) or by persons acceptable to the Division.

(b) Instructor Qualifications.

(1) Qualified instructors shall be trained in accordance with the training requirements established by either the tool manufacturer or by the Powder Actuated Tool Manufacturers Institute (PATMI).

(2) Instructors authorized by the Division shall certify in writing to the Division that they are knowledgeable in the use, maintenance and repair of the tool(s) that is (are) acceptable to the Division and that their instructions will cover applicable safety orders.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Repealer and new section filed 10-16-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 42).

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