Hand & Power Tools
To ensure workplace safety, following these best practices when operating hand and power tools:
- Always know how to properly use hand and power tools before starting the job by following operating instructions and using the proper accessories. If you are unfamiliar with how a tool operates or is to be used, get the advice and instruction of your supervisor beforehand.
- Tools should not be used for anything other than their intended use. Tools should be stored in a dry, secure locations where they can't be tampered with.
- Appropriate safety glasses, goggles or face shields should be used in conjunction with hand tools that might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage.
- Keep all cutting tools sharp.
- All grinders, saws and similar equipment should be equipped with the appropriate safety guards.
- Tools shall be kept in a safe condition without broken or damaged parts.
- Goggles and face shields should always be worn when grinding. The adjustable tongue on the top side of the grinder should be used and kept adjusted to within one-fourth inch of the wheel.
- Never use tools which have burred or mushroomed heads or carry loose tools in your pockets.
- If tools or equipment are found to be defective, report them to your supervisor and return the equipment to the Tool Room or appropriate department for repair.
- Never leave hand tools where they may fall on someone below.
- Non-sparking, non-magnetic tools are provided for your use by the Tool Room. These tools shall be used in areas such as sewers, steam tunnels, spray paint booths, and rooms with electromagnets.
- Remember, always use the proper tool for the job.