Monday, January 11, 2010

Using Tools Safely

Using the proper tool, keeping it in good working condition, having the right tool and being aware of any hazards will help to prevent accidents and injuries. This will help you be more productive in your work without increasing the risk of an accident.

The productive and safe use of tools depends on being alert, having the proper knowledge regarding the use of your tools and making sure they are properly cared for and kept in good shape. Here are some general safety rules to observe when using hand tools.

1.) Check for hazards in the area before starting any type of work.

2.) Always use proper personal protective devices such as gloves and safety glasses.

3.) Always use the right tool for the job.

4.) Always check their condition before use. If damaged or in need of repair, use a different tool or complete any necessary repairs before use.

5.) Try to avoid transporting tools loose in a vehicle. Get a tool box and use it.

6.) Be careful when loading and unloading your tools.

7.) Never throw your tools. This can damage your tools or cause injuries to others who may be in the area.

8.) Have a designated area where you will be setting your tools when not in use to prevent accidentally losing tools. This could create a hazard later on and create additional expense due to the replacement costs of lost tools. Mark them in a way that will help them be more visible.

9.) Always mark tools that need repairs or that should be replaced if they become damaged.

10.) Always store your tools safely and out of the weather.

Using your tools safely will help you survive that repair without an accident or serious injury.

Staying above the water line!



Dustin Tarditi said...

Couldn't agree more - I recently got some old gear out of the attic to upfit my 72-hour bag, and my carbon steel blade was all rusty - took it to the garage to dremel (wire wheel) the rust off, and put a small amount of oil on the blade to keep it good... dremel battery was discharged... need to get in a more methodical habit of equipment maintenance. In the military, servicemembers clean their weapons and personal equipment all the time "maintenance is training" as the saying goes.

riverwalker said...

To: Dustin

Maintenance is key to a great many items, tools included! A little maintenance will save you a lot of headaches and eliminate future problems.

Thanks Dustin.


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