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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.