The information in this publication is based on NIOSH supported research; Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors (NIOSH Publication No. 2011–202/OSHA Publication No. 3459–8–11); and focus group discussions with residential building subcontractors, safety specialists and workers.

New nail gun users must receive safety training, not just a copy of this publication. Safety training requirements are described in detail in Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors and can be viewed and printed or downloaded from

More information about OSHA power tool regulations mentioned on pages 4–5 can be found in Hand and Power Tools, OSHA Publication No. 3080 2002 (Revised) Publications/osha3080.pdf. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013–149


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