12 Sep Toolbox Talk – Hand Tools
Hand tools may not seem as hazardous as power tools; however they can still cause harm.
You need to know how to operate hand tools correctly and safely.
This Toolbox Talk Covers: Hazards, safe use of tools and care and maintenance.
Hazards when working with Tools:
- Don’t put tools down so that they can fall or be knocked over.
- Don’t leave tools lying about so they can be tripped over.
- Loose hammerheads can fly off.
- Renew wooden handles that are split. Don’t try to repair them.
- Mushroom heads on chisels can splinter and fly off.
Safe use of Hand Tools:
- Select the proper tools for the job.
- Ensure they are in good working condition.
- Use tools for the job they were designed to do.
- Files must be fitted with handles to prevent hand injury.
- Don’t use files as levers or punches as they break easily.
- Keeps hands behind edges of cutting tools when working.
- Use the right size of spanner to fit the nut.
- Wear your PPE.
- Regularly insect hand tools for damage.
- Do not use damaged or worn tools.
- Don’t use screwdrivers as chisels.
Care and Maintenance:
- Protect sharp edges of tools whilst being stored or carried.
- Scrap any tools that are worn or damaged beyond repair.
- Chisels and punches must be ground to prevent mushrooming.
- Keep edges of cutting tools sharp.
- Don’t use scaffold tubes to provide extra leverage on spanners, this will damage jaws spanners.
- Return tools to toolbox or stores at the end of each shift.
- When you’re finished with tools, ensure they’re stored so that they don’t cause a hazard to others i.e. Stanley knives with their blades left out.
If you have any questions regarding this ToolBox talk you can Contact Matt Hollister on Matt.Hollister@thomas-interiors.co.uk