Good morning @Jason and fellow community members.
I was hoping for some advice regarding the laws or restrictions in place regarding what age a minor has to be before they can use power tools corded and uncorded.
I have two very keen up and coming tradies in my son and daughter who regularly use certain tools under my supervision.
I was told that they can't use them until they are 18, so I was hoping someone may have the answer.
Thank you all for your continued support to this awesome community.
Kind regards Rob 👍
Since nobody has replied I had a look.
I think just about everywhere you have to be 18 to use explosive fastner tools.
Thank you very much @Brad for taking the time to look at this question.
It does pose a problem if taken in the context for parents teaching children as teachers teaching new students..
I totally agree with all OHS and PPE practices.
But the question remains at what age
The information provided discusses mainly those entering schooling type situations and even new jobs, but not a parent teaching a child to use a drill or a Brad nailer ECT.
I have to agree with the comment @ProjectPete made that young ones need to be taught but commen sence has to be made at what age and capabilities.
My apologies Pete if they are not the exact wording.
I will keep doing more research, perhaps with MBA or HIA
But thanks Brad for your valuable contributions
Kind regards Rob
My thoughts, for what it's worth...
I'm not aware of any laws and I have no concerns about the age of a child on the tools provided they're with an experienced/capable adult/parent. The sooner they learn, the better IMO.
A knife isn't dangerous. It only becomes dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced (or malicious) person. And power tools come with plenty of safety features as you know so they're safer using those than even some of their toys.
It really does just come down to the supervisor's/teacher's experience, safety, the tool itself and some good ol' common sense.
I grew up on a farm. Driving tractors at 7. Welding at not much older. Drop saws ECT.
This was done under the watchful eye of my father
Now I have that many realated skills from being taught at a young age
As I mentioned in a previous post, A survey was conducted in relation to this generation of 18-25 year Olds. 80% didn't know how to change a light bulb.
Common sense is of course vital. Drop saws, mitre saws would be age related and up to ones capabilities under a parants guidance
Definitely worthy further investigation.
But hey thanks for everyone's input.
Will see what HIA and MBA say.
Will post answer
Regards Rob 👍
That is some good reading @Tranzap
Thank you for sharing with the group.
I may have missed it but in the domestic scene, not in a buisness for profit but where the young fella or lady might be just helping dad or mum in the shed, where is the line drawn if there is a definitive line.
Thank you for your help
Kind regards Rob 👍
I've never once heard of any laws on that; I've lived in NSW and SA - which is odd, because we've become very 'nanny-state' in some ways.
It's so strange now... we never used to think about it except in the way of the child's capabilities. My mother was given the job of sharpening the knives when she was four, and I literally do not remember when I wasn't hammering and sawing something... I first used a drill when I was about six. Common sense... at six I was able to control a light drill, so I did. I was aware enough at four to be careful of sharp things and not saw through my arm. Now, there are some 16, and even 60 yr olds I've seen that are so uncoordinated, that I wouldn't give them anything sharper than a spoon...
The one that gets my goat is the hot water thing. If you can't figure out the temperature to not scald your kids or yourself, then you really ought to be under lock and key and not on the loose in society... meanwhile my dishwater goes cold too quickly and I don't see why I have to boil my kettle all the time, just for that.