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NIOSH Releases Nail gun Safety Publication

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced the release of a new publication, Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013–149], which also is available in Spanish.

Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety uses a comic format to illustrate the potential risks of traumatic injury when using nail guns and how these risks can be reduced. The publication offers real-life examples from residential building construction to explain risks related to nail gun triggering systems and various residential framing nailing tasks. The information is based on NIOSH focus group discussions with residential building subcontractors, safety specialists and workers; NIOSH-supported research; and Nail Gun Safety, A Guide for Construction Contractors (NIOSH Publication No. 2011-202/OSHA Publication No. 3459-8-11).

As a safety awareness publication, Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safetyprovides potential and new nail gun users with basic information to help them recognize potentially unsafe conditions and nail gun features that increase the risk of traumatic nail gun injury. The publication can be used in conjunction with safety training required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or to reinforce previous nail gun safety training. However, distribution of this publication alone will not satisfy OSHA safety training requirements, which are described in detail in Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors and can be viewed and printed or downloaded at

This document is in the public interest and may be copied or reprinted. The English and Spanish versions are available as Web publications and can be printed or downloaded from the NIOSH website by clicking here for English and here for Spanish. A limited number of copies will be printed for distribution to home building industry stakeholders and will be available July 15; to order, call (800) CDC-INFO or visit NIOSH’s website at

(From NRCA Newsletter)