Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.


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.



  • Inspect knives before use, and if broken or blade is chipped tag the knife as defective (i.e., tapped note or tagged defective) and request a new knife
  • Only use a utility knife for cutting through cardboard, opening boxes, cutting ropes, packing straps, sealing tape, shrink wrap, etc.
  • Wear safety glasses when using a knife
  • Always cut away from yourself and others
  • Always store the knife with the blade withdrawn into the handle
  • When cutting deeply, use a number of small cuts Always use a sharp blade. A dull blade requires more force to make a cut, which could lead to tool slippage. Replace the blade as soon as you notice it tearing material instead of cutting         
  • Dull or rusted blades should be safely removed and disposed of in an identified disposal container
  • If you must remove  a blade segment of a knife, and  it does not have a blade  removal tool , you must:
    • Wear protective gloves
    • Extend the blade to its break line or just past
    • Use pliers to apply pressure to the blade until the tip breaks off, and
    • Dispose of the blade properly

Do Not:

  • Do not hand or toss a utility knife to another. Where possible put knife down on flat surface, with the blade in and allow the other person to pick it up
  • Do not try to catch a falling utility knife
  • Do not use utility knife for activities other than its intended purpose
  • Do not twist or gouge the material being cut when using the knife as this may cause the blade to snap
  • Do not leave a knife blade extended when not in use or unattended
  • Do not extend the blade beyond one blade segment