Power Tools safety Topic

Because of the diversity of hand tools and the situations in which they are used, supervisors often fail to train employees on their safety, maintenance, and replacement. Because of multiple worksites and various employees using the same tools, it’s important to pay special attention to accountability for tools. Unfortunately, this type of neglect will lead to higher accident rates, loss of production, lower quality of production, and higher business costs. The essential elements of a good hand tool safety program are:
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  1. Using the appropriate tool for its intended use
  2. Keeping the tool in good working condition
  3. Using the tool correctly
  4. Storing the tool properly
In addition to having hand tools in excellent condition and using them for the correct purpose, your employees must also be taught to use them correctly. Be sure they use the proper personal protective equipment for the job and the tools being used.
And Safe storage and handling of tools checklist
  • Has the person who is going to be using the tools been authorized to do so, and have they checked out the tools?
  • Are sheaths or guards available for sharp-edged or pointed tools such as knives and axes?
  • Is a tool crib or box available when delivering tools to an outside worksite?
  • Are tools separated from the passenger compartment when being transported?
  • Are tools checked in and put back in their appropriate place after use? (Some shops have an outline of a tool to easily identify missing items.)
  • Are all tools accounted for and checked for defects prior to the end of each workday/workweek?

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