Power tools and Hand tools have become vital parts of our lives that are applicable for various home improvement/DIY tasks and industrial use. But mostly, we forget the fact that the tools are extremely hazardous if they are used improperly. Distracted during work, unexpected events and inexperience or overconfidence are some of the leading causes of power tool injuries. Thus, various standard tips for using these Hand and Power tools safely help to overcome these severe problems. Let’s try to understand and practice all the safety tips that are listed below –
General Safety Tips for Hand and Power Tools:
- It is safe to go with high-quality steel made heat-treated power tools.
- Recheck if the tools are good in shape and in good condition to use. There should not be loose cracks, breakage, damaged parts or exposed wire within the tool system.
- Perform regular maintenance practices like grinding and sharpening to maintain tools for a longer time.
- Use personal protective equipment like safety shoes, gloves and goggles while using power tools.
- Always use the right tools for the applicable job to avoid unnecessary hazards.
- Keep the pointed tools in the carry box to avoid any injury.
- Keep extra tools handy in case of emergency and place the tools in a safe place.
- Always turn off the tools after using them to avoid serious problems.
- It is suggested to keep your feet and hands dry while working with the tools. Place the rubber mat on the ground and a wooden stool over it while working with these power tools.
- Have a firm hold over the power or hand tool to avoid losing control while operating it.
Safety tips for Hand Tools:
- Always keep the knives and scissors sharp. They should be stored away from the aisle areas and employees working around.
- It is better to use spark-resistant tools made of brass, aluminum or wood while working with flammable substances.
- Provide proper training to employees for correctly operating and maintaining the hand tools.
Safety tips for Power Tools:
- Always keep the cords and hose of power tools away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
- Disconnect the power tool when not in use, before servicing, and while changing accessories like blades, bits and cutters.
- Secure the work with a clamp or vice to free both hands while operating the power tool.
- The damaged power tools should be tagged with a Do Not Use message to prevent accidents.
It is crucial to provide proper training to your employees to use hand and power tools by taking safety precautions. These safety tips will help you to inculcate regular safe working procedures in your working environment. Also, you can recognize various methods to avoid work injury by practicing the proper use of the tools along with these safety measures. So, make your workspace safer and healthier and thereby, grow the productivity and performance of your workers. Start assisting them with a proper Safety and Health programs and provide the valuable safety guidelines for using these hand tools and power tools.