Hand Tool Safety Rules

  • Carry all sharp tools in sheath or holsters.
  • Tag worn, damaged or defective tools “Out of Service” and do not use them.
  • Do not use a tool if the handle surface has splinters, burrs, cracks or splits.
  • When handing a tool to another person, direct sharp points and cutting edges away from yourself and the other person.
  • Do not carry sharp or pointed hand tools such as probes or knives in your pocket unless the tool or your pocket is sheathed.
  • Do not perform “make-shift” repairs to tools.
  • Do not throw tools from one location to another or from one individual to another.
  • Transport hand tools only in tool boxes or tool belts.
  • When using hand tools always wear safety glasses and gloves.

Hammer Safety

  • Use a claw hammer for pulling nails and for driving nails.
  • Do not strike nails or other objects with the “cheek” of the hammer.
  • Do not strike one hammer against another hammer.
  • Do not use a hammer, screwdriver, file, etc., if your hands are oily, greasy or wet.

Power Drill Safety

  • Use brushes or vacuum machinery to remove metal chips, shavings and other debris from the drill table. Do not use your bare hands.
  • Do not use dull, cracked or bent drill bits.

Power Saw Safety

  • Keep control of saws by releasing downward pressure at the end of the stroke.
  • Do not use a saw that has a dull blade.
  • Oil saw blades after each use of the saw.
  • Keep your hands and fingers away from the saw blade while you are using the saw.
  • Do not carry a saw by the blade.

Hand Files & Rasp Safety

  • Do not use a file as a pry bar, hammer, screwdriver or chisel.
  • When using a file or a rasp, grasp the handle in one hand and the toe of the file in the other.
  • Do not hammer on a file.

Chisel Safety

  • Use a chisel that has been sharpened; do not use a chisel that has a dull cutting edge.
  • Hold a chisel by using a tool holder if possible.
  • Clamp small work pieces in the vise and chip towards the stationary jaw when you are working with a chisel.

Tool Boxes, Tool Chests & Cabinets

  • Use the handle when opening and closing a drawer or door of a tool box, chest, or cabinet.
  • Tape over or file off sharp edges on tool boxes, chests or cabinets.
  • Do not stand on tool boxes, chests or cabinets to gain extra height.
  • Lock the wheels on large tool boxes, chests or cabinets to prevent them from rolling.
  • Push large chests, cabinets and tool boxes; do not pull them.
  • Do not open more than one drawer of a tool box at a time.
  • Close and lock all drawers and doors before moving the tool chest to a new location.
  • Do not use a tool box or chest as a workbench.
  • Do not move a tool box, chest or cabinet if it has loose tools or parts on the top.

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