Basic Safety Rules for Hand Tools (originally from www.teched101.com)
I found this at teched101.com (Technology Education). Completely agree!
Basic Safety Rules for Hand Tools
- ALWAYS WEAR EYE PROTECTION.
- Wear the RIGHT SAFETY EQUIPMENT for the job.
- Use tools that are the RIGHT SIZE & RIGHT TYPE for your job.
- Follow the correct procedure for using EVERY tool.
- Keep your cutting tools SHARP and in good condition.
- DON’T work with OILY or GREASY hands.
- Handle SHARP-EDGED and POINTED TOOLS with care.
- Always carry pointed tools by your side with the points and heavy ends DOWN.
- SECURE all small work & short work with a vise or clamp.
- NEVER carry tools in your pockets.
- DON’T use tools which are LOOSE or CRACKED.
- KEEP your punches & chisels in good condition. Mushroomed heads can chip & cause injuries.
- DON’T use a file without a HANDLE.
- DON’T pry or hammer with a FILE. It may shatter.
- DON’T use screwdrivers as chisels or pry bars.
- DON’T try to increase your leverage by using a “cheater” with a wrench. Wrenches are designed at the right strength for their size and length.
- AFTER USING A TOOL — clean it and return it to its proper storage place.
- If anything breaks or malfunctions — report it to your supervisor AT ONCE.
- Use the RIGHT TYPE of tool for the job.
- NEVER place tools and materials where they hang on the edge of a bench.
- Don’t use tools for things they weren’t meant for.
- Store tools and materials vertically, with the points and heavy end down.
- Cut away from yourself when you use chisels and other edged tools.
- DON’T FORCE screws; make sure that the correct screw for the job is being used.