Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Guidelines for Working with Tools Safely

Always keep safety foremost when using your tools. Think safety in how you work and how you provide for the safety others.

1. Always use the appropriate protective gear.

Always wear protective gear to avoid possible injury. This may include gloves, special clothing, protective goggles, proper footwear and headgear. You should also have the appropriate cold or wet weather gear necessary for the job. Wet or muddy gloves may cause a tool to slip and strike someone; have extras handy.

2. Always use the proper tools that are in good condition.

Using the incorrect tools can make the job take longer than necessary, result in serious injuries, or damage your tools. Dull tools, such as knives, axes or shovels, can be very dangerous by bouncing or glancing of surfaces. Tools with broken handles can lead to serious injuries. Avoid using power tools unless you are familiar and knowledgeable with their use.

3. Always transport or carry your tools safely.

Always carry tools in your hands and down at your side, not over the shoulder.
For longer distances, strap unused hand tools to your backpack or properly secured and stowed in your vehicle. On sharp-edged tools, always use blade guards or protective cases whenever possible.

4. Always try to remove any work area hazards.

Be extra cautious of hazardous work areas with slippery surfaces or improper footing.
Always remove any obstacles, clutter or debris from your work area. Place tools and materials safely out of the way when not being used so as not to present a hazard.
Take a firm, balanced and comfortable stance before using any tool.

5. Always try to protect others who may enter your work area.

Make sure others are always outside the working area when using your tools.
Make sure there is no one in your work area who may be injured by your tools if you should lose your grip or the tool slip. Watch for people, especially small children, who may enter your working area unknowingly and without your knowledge. Avoid distractions if possible, if not, then stop what you are doing and continue your task at a later time when it is once again safe to do so.

Keep a complete first aid kit on hand and know how to use it.

If it's not safe, then don't do it.

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Remember...Metric wrenches ARE NOT A FIT ALL!!There is a reason for different size wrenche's!Just because it slip's on,doe's not mean it is right!!Get tool's in BOTH american,ASE,and metric.All hammer's are not equal,neither are wrench's!

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous

You are so right! Right tool for the right job. Thanks.


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