Air Duct Cleaning Tool Safety Tips

Tool Safety Tips
by Wayne Tracy

wayne“I’ll be careful I don’t need to go to the truck and get my safety glasses.”

“It’s only 110 volts – It can’t hurt that bad.”

“The safety guard is broken, but I’ll be careful.”

How many people visit hospital emergency rooms with “Logical” thinking like this everyday? Making safety a habit only takes a few more seconds on almost any chore. On the other hand not practicing safe working habits can result in a trip to the emergency room, take several hours of time, and result in severe pain and injury – even death.

How many times have you used a screwdriver as a punch, chisel or prybar? Once is too often. Accidents are always just around the corner waiting to happen.

As a business owner or manager, it’s your responsibility to be sure all employees are trained to working and handle tools safely and also monitor them to be sure safety procedures are being followed. As an employee, it’s up to you to follow all safety procedures and ask questions if you’re not sure how to use a tool in the proper manner.

Listed below are some tips for using and caring for tools:

cautionBasic Power Tool Use and Care:
• Tools should not be lifted or carried by their cord.
• Manufacturer installed guards shall be left in place and not removed for convenience.
• Damaged tools should be removed from service immediately. The same applies for cords and extension cords.
• Extension cords of the right amperage to match the tools amperage must be used.
• Grounding prongs on cords should never be removed.
• When working in difficult positions or areas, power tools should be supported by a cord or rope.
• Loose clothing, jewelry, ties, etc. should not be worn when working with power tools.
• Safety glasses or goggles should be worn when working with power tools. Check OSHA guidelines or tools owner’s manual to see which is appropriate for the type of tool you are working with.
• When working with air powered tools, care needs to be taken when disconnecting or connecting these tools.
• Air hoses cannot be disconnected from the compressor end until the air pressure has been bled off the lines.
• Never work on power tools when they are plugged in.
• Unplug a drill or saw before attempting to replace a blade or a bit.
• Manufacturers of power tools have invested a lot of time & money designing tools to be convenient and safe to use. Don’t reinvent the wheel by altering a tool from its original design.

caution2Hand Tools:
• Like power tools, hand tools have been designed and engineered to perform specific functions. Use the right tool for the job at hand.
• Inspect tools frequently for damage or weakness in crucial areas.
• Turn in or destroy damaged tools immediately.
• A hammer and screwdriver is not a drill. It’s unprofessional and most importantly extremely dangerous.
• A wrench is not a hammer. Take a minute and go to your toolbox and get the right tool. The few minutes it may take is a lot cheaper than a visit to the emergency room.

The above safety tips are meant to be a guideline for general workplace safety and do not include all OSHA Safety requirements. Please consult appropriate OSHA standards for any specific requirements.

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