#24 Hand Tools

  • Are all tools and equipment (both company and employee-owned) used by employees at their workplace in good condition?

 

  • Are hand tools, such as chisels, punches, which develop mushroomed heads during use, reconditioned or replaced as necessary?

 

  • Are broken or fractured handles on hammers, axes, and similar equipment replaced promptly?

 

  • Are worn or bent wrenches replaced regularly?

 

  • Are appropriate handles used on files and similar tools?

 

  • Are employees made aware of the hazards caused by faulty or improperly used hand tools?

 

  • Are appropriate safety glasses, face shields, and similar equipment used while using hand tools or equipment which might produce flying materials or be subject to breakage?

 

  • Are jacks checked periodically to assure they are in good operating condition?

 

  • Are tool handles wedged tightly in the head of all tools?

 

  • Are tools cutting edges kept sharp so the tool will move smoothly without binding or skipping?

 

  • Are tools stored in dry, secure locations where they won’t be tampered with?

 

  • Is eye and face protection used when driving hardened or tempered spuds or nails?