Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is easy to overlook their potential hazards. To prevent serious incidents from occurring, safety precautions must be taken.
Safe Use Guidelines
- Supervisors should train employees utilizing equipment beforehand.
- Use the right tool for the right job.
- Examine power tools for faulty parts before use.
- Do not use tools with frayed cords or loose or broken switches.
- Have ground prongs in place or use tools marked "double insulated".
- Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
- Know the application, limitation, and potential hazards of the tool used.
- Operate according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Provide and use the right protective equipment.
- Keep guards in place, in working order, and properly adjusted.
- Maintain working areas free of clutter.
- Do not use electric tools in damp/wet locations or combustible environments unless they are approved for that purpose.
- All tools that are not "portable" must be bolted to a stationary surface.
- The proper apparel should be worn. Loose clothing, ties, hair or jewelry can become caught in moving parts
- For Overall Program Management, to obtain an Art Safety Manual, or for guidelines on how to store and/or dispose of hazardous waste contact Peter Skeels