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.