The greatest hazard from hand tools is improper use and maintenance of tools.
• Use sharpened tools away from other employees or aisle areas and be sure that they are not dull since dull tools can be more hazardous than sharp ones.
• Disconnect tools or machines when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories, but do not yank a cord from an electric outlet.
• Do not remove safety guards from power tools, such as those on circular saws.
• Tools should be used within their designed safety limits.
• Pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air and require the following:
· Eye protection.
· A secure attachment of the tool to the air hose before you start work.
· Compressed air guns should never be pointed at anyone.
• Jacks must not bear more weight than they are designed for, must be used on a level surface, and once the load has been lifted the jack must immediately be blocked up.
• Examine tools before use and keep up with maintenance to ensure that equipment functions properly.