This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
a) Use the right tool for the job
b) Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves when using hand tools whenever possible
c) Visually inspect hand tools to see they are in good working condition
d) Keep hand tools in good condition: sharp, clean, oiled, dressed and free from defects
e) Ensure tools are in good condition to prevent injury, such as: loose handles, splinters, loose heads and are adequately sharp to perform required tasks.
f) When using cutting tools, cut away from the body and not towards it
g) Always keeps hands behind tools and not in front of them
h) Clean and properly store tools after each use.
a) Do not subject a hand tool to strain beyond its capacity
b) Do not use a hand tool unless you have been trained in its safe use
c) Do not use hand tools that are damaged or appear defective, which may cause either their strength or use to be unsafe.
d) Do not carry knives, chisels or screwdrivers in your pockets, but always in some sort of tool pouch, bag or kit.