Four tool safety rules your employees must follow so you don’t have a massacre on your hands

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 31 Oct. 2014

Tags: tool safety, hand tools, hand tool safety, safe use of hand tools, rules for tool safety

It’s that time of year, Halloween, a time the world revels in telling horror stories. And today, we have one for you. Picture this: Your employees are at work and Mike has the power saw in his hand.

As he cuts wood, someone calls his name. Without thinking, Mike turns around with the power saw still running, cuts his colleagues hand clean off.

This is a health and safety nightmare!

And it’s one that happens more often then you think.

The good news is, you can prevent this disaster from ever happening just by implementing these four rules for tool safety in your business…


Avoid hand tool horror stories with these four safety rules

Rule 1: Employees must only use cutting tools in safe work zones 
If your employees use cutting tools, create safe work zones for them to operate in. These zones are just separated areas where your employees can use the tools away from other employees. Tell your employees that when anyone is in a safe working zone, no one else can go in.
Rule 2: Employees must turn off and put down any tools before they turn around or leave their work station
Ensure your employees only have their tools on and in their hands when they’re concentrating on their work. They must turn whatever they’re using off before they focus on something else.
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Rule 3: All your employees must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when they use tools

Your employees’ PPE will protect them against most injuries if there’s an accident with one of their tools. 
Rule 4: Only employees with the correct training can use tools
If you prevent untrained employees from working with tools you can stop accidents that happen because of a lack of skill.
Implement these four tool safety rules in your company today so you don’t face a bloody nightmare.
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more advice on hand tool safety.

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