Toolbox Talk – Hand Tools

Hand tools

Toolbox Talk – Hand Tools

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.

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