March is creeping in slowly and the winter weather is finally (sort of) starting to break. The snow is beginning to melt which means that we all have a few projects we’d like to get done before the sweltering summer heat begins. Additionally, quite a few professions require the use of hand tools daily, and safety on the job should always be the number one priority. We here at FBinsure are celebrating the springing of Spring by sharing some great hand tool safety tips that you can use in every season. Make sure your springs are ready for Spring.
Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance
- If a wooden handle on a tool is loose, splintered or cracked, the head can fly off.
- If the jaws of a wrench are sprung, the wrench can slip.
- If impact tools such as chisels, wedges or drift pins have mushroomed heads, they can shatter on impact.
Use the right tool for the job
- If a chisel is used as a screwdriver, there is a danger of the tip flying off.
- Each job calls for a specific tool. Don’t deviate.
Inspect all tools before use
- Examine each tool for damage before using it and never use damaged tools. Alert your supervisor that these tools need repair if you’re using them at work, and if they’re your own personal tools, always replace any broken elements or tools that cannot be repaired.
- Don’t use wrenches when the jaws are sprung; they can slip and lead to injury.
- Tools used for cutting edges must be sharp. Dull tools can be more hazardous as you must press harder when using them.
Operate tools according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- Iron or steel tools produce sparks that can ignite flammable substances. Check for spark-resistant tools made of alternative materials when you are around flammable gasses, volatile liquids or other explosive materials.
- When using sharp tools, direct the tools away from aisle areas and away from others close to you.
Use the right personal protective equipment
- Loose clothing, ties or jewelry should never be worn when using hand or power tools.
Store and transport the tool properly as soon as you are done with it
- Put the tool away as soon as you are done with it. Leaving the tool in a walkway presents a tripping and impalement hazard.
- Transport tools in a toolbox or cart, or carry them in a tool belt. Never carry pointed tools in your pocket.
- Never throw or toss tools. Always pass them with the handle toward the receiver.
- Use a bucket or bag for lifting or lowering tools from one level to another.
- When carrying a tool on your shoulders, pay attention to clearances and other people.
If you have any doubt about the safe use of a hand or power tool at work, talk to your supervisor. Your safety should be top priority.