About this Using Tools Safely Toolbox Talk
The hazards and risks of a portable or hand tool use are often easily overlooked, as many of the tools are common and frequently used, however they have the potential to cause severe injuries when not used or maintained properly.
This using tools safely toolbox talk provides practical guidance on the selection, use and maintenance of portable electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, physical or fuel-driven tools.
Safe Use of Portable Hand Tools
Portable hand tool use is one of the most common ways we get injured at work. Injuries from hand tools can range from cuts and bruises and splinters to more serious injuries like amputations and crush injuries. To help prevent these injuries, it’s important to use the right tool for the job and to always use hand tools safely.
The following safety requirements should be followed when using portable hand tools:
- Always procure the most appropriate tool for the tasks, with consideration to vibration and noise exposure levels.
- Always inspect tools to ensure they are in good condition and comply with the relevant standard. Never use a defective tool.
- The equipment must be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, so it is safe for the user.
- The tool must only be used for the task that it is designed and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Periodic inspections of hand tools must be undertaken according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- All guards, handles and other safety devices must be attached and operable before use to enable safe work practices.
- Discs, blades and fittings must be within the permissible operating speed in revolutions per minute (RPM).
- Workers must not wear loose clothing or jewellery and must securely tie back long hair so that they cannot become caught in a moving part of the tool.
- Workers must wear safety glasses and/or face shields when using impact tools where there is a risk of splinter or cracks.
- Wearing gloves when using hand tools must be based on risk assessment.
- Personnel must familiarise themselves with the tools they will be using and follow all warnings, cautions, safety messages and procedures before commencing work.
- All vibration or noise risks must be identified, assessed and controlled.
- Hand tools must not be modified unless a risk assessment has been undertaken and any necessary approvals granted.
- Box cutter-type knives (Stanley knives) should be retractable and the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn, e.g. cut resistant (Kevlar) gloves to protect against sharp edges.
- Racks, shelves or tools boxes must be provided for storing tools that are not in use.
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