Frequently Asked Questions
- Are powder loads interchangeable between different manufacturer’s tools?
- Yes, when load caliber and style are kept the same, loads are interchangeable per section 7.8 in ANSI A10.3 that states, “Only those types of fasteners and powder loads recommended by the tool manufacturer for a particular tool, or those that provide the same level of safety and performance shall be used.”
- Where can I find MSDS sheets for powder loads?
- MSDS can be found at the specific branded manufacturer&rsdquo;s website or by contacting that manufacturer. A link to the various tool manufacturers website can be found on the PATMI website by clicking on members.
- How to do I dispose of live powder loads?
- Live powder loads are best disposed of by placing them in the appropriate tool and firing the tool. In most areas the spent cartridges can be disposed of in the normal trash. Check with local disposal guidelines for further information.
- Do I need to be certified to operate a Powder Tool?
- In order to operate a powder tool you must be trained and certified by the manufacturer for the particular tool you are operating. This can be accomplished by contacting the tool manufacturer’s representative or in some cases by following a procedure at the tool manufacturer’s website.
- I am certified to operate a tool made by “Brand A”, we only have tools from Brand “Z’ on our jobsite; does my certification still apply?
- No it does not. ANSI A10.3 states that “It is the employers responsibility to see that all tool operators are trained for the particular tool being used.”
- I have an old high velocity tool; where can I get fasteners and loads for this tool?
- High velocity fasteners, loads, and tool parts were discontinued in the late 1980’s by all U.S. manufacturers. This was largely due to ANSI and OSHA requiring that only the lowest class of tool that will properly set a fastener be used. Other requirements highly restricted the use of these tools to where the tool manufacturer’s had little choice but to discontinue them in favor of the low velocity tools available today. Some of these commonly found obsolete high velocity tool models include: 122MD, BP330, Speed fastener.
- Does PATMI offer any materials to help with safety discussions?
- PATMI offers both a training manual and a video that can be used for safety discussions on powder actuated tools. Each of these is available at minimal cost and can be purchased on the PATMI website. Click here for details >>