Many injuries result from improper use of hand tools. Jobs ranging from pruning, work in the shop or yard, or other farm tasks involve a variety of hand tools. Here is a list of general safety practices that should be followed. Individual tools may have specific requirements.
- Select the correct tool for the job.
- Use tools that are comfortable in size and weight for you.
- Only use tools for which you have been trained.
- nspect tools for damaged handles, loose or broken parts, excessive wear, dull blades, etc. Repairs should be made or different tools used. Cutting tools should be sharpened if dull.
- If the tool has adjustments, see that it is properly adjusted for the task and your abilities. Ask your supervisor if you are not sure.
- Use the proper personal protective equipment for the job, such as clothing, gloves, or safety glasses – ask your supervisor before you start.
- Keep your mind on your work. Horseplay can lead to injury.
- Use tools for their intended purpose. Do not force a small tool to do the job when a larger or heavier tool is needed.
- Do not strike a hardened steel surface like an anvil with a steel hammer, as a small piece might fly off.
- Secure materials in a vise or clamp when sawing or drilling.
- Tell your supervisor if tools become dull during use. Sharp tools are safer than dull ones because you do not have to fight them or apply so much force.
- Keep blades or sharp points away from your body.
- Never carry sharp tools in your pocket. Don’t run with them.
- Report any injuries to your supervisor.
Safety Training for Employers and Supervisors of Adolescent Farmworkers
Funding provided by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, grant no. 5 U50 0H008107-02
Publication #: U50 OH07544
Disclaimer and Reproduction Information: Information in
NASD does not represent NIOSH policy. Information included in
NASD appears by permission of the author and/or copyright holder.