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6 Safety Rules For Hand Tool Users

6 Safety Rules For Hand Tool Users

At one time or another, just about every business and industry will ask its staff to use hand tools. While more specialist tradesmen may use cutting discs or frame saws, other enterprise employees will commonly use, hammers, screwdrivers, kitchen knives and gardening shears.

Many of us use handheld equipment every day, never considering the potential dangers involved. However, with thousands of accidents and injuries ranging from minor to major caused by incorrect use and tools that are improperly maintained, hand tool safety is a key concern in workplaces across the country.

From keeping tools in excellent operating condition to wearing protective equipment during their use, in this guide, we’ll examine five important safety rules for hand tool users.

Correct hand tool maintenance

Regular maintenance inspections and servicing are vital to keeping tools in perfect condition and safe to use. Accidents can be avoided through appropriate caretaking of equipment as a blunt blade can slip more easily than one that is regularly honed and sharp.

The right tool for the job

Many injuries related to hand tools happen when the user selects or is issued the incorrect tool for a task. A hand saw used instead of cutting disc or a drill bit of the wrong size can lead to accidents or damaged property.

Correct training and usage

It should never be assumed that staff know how to use tools. New and inexperienced employees may lack the knowledge, understanding and awareness of the potential health and safety risks involved. Before tools are issued and work begins, new users should receive comprehensive instruction on the best practices for using equipment in line with health and safety regulations.

Use safety guards and best practices for powered hand tools

Due to their moving parts, many types of powered hand tools, present a significant risk to users. As a result, any safety guards must be fitted to equipment and always used correctly. Powered hand tools are notoriously noisier during operation, so workers should always be mindful of others in the area. If hand tools use power cables, users should be mindful that cables do not present a trip risk.

Use protective equipment

Many hand tools like saws and shears have sharp edges but cut resistant gloves can protect users while working. Specific signage with a hand protection sign symbol on them should be deployed onsite at the point where tools will be collected or used. Signs showing when safety gasses should be worn are also available, to protect eyes when cutting tools are in operation.

Avoid hazards and increase health and safety on site

Finally, while tool users are responsible for how they work, enterprise owners also have a duty of care and an obligation to ensure that high standards of health and safety are maintained on their premises. Hand tools are classified as work equipment. As a result, employers must take adequate measures to mitigate potential risks. Fortunately, from putting protocols in place for the use of hand tools to putting up a hand protection sign in work areas to remind staff there are simple but effective options to avoid hazards.

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