Safety Rules are your Best Tools.

When you’re a learner driver, you follow the rules to the book!  Then the P-plates come off, you gain your licence and you find your own style of driving.  We are guilty of picking up bad habits on the road…. how many of us would actually pass our driving test on the first attempt now?

It’s the same with using the tools of our trade, we use hand and power tools every day, but how often do we stop to think, are we using them safely?  These machines and power tools can cause serious injury or even death.  You can move from being safe to unsafe in a second.

Whether you are new to the trade or have been using hand and power tools for decades, it’s worth spending a minute to consider some of the following key safety points.

  • Have you had the appropriate training to use the tool or machinery?
  • Are you using the correct tool for the job?
  • Is the tool or machinery in perfect working order?
  • Are the appropriate safety guards in place?
  • Has the machinery or tool been serviced as recommended by the manufacturer?
  • Does it have a safety tag?
  • Do you have the right PPE?
  • Are you feeling fully focused and concentrating on the task?
  • Is your work area free of any hazards?
  • What about your co-workers, are they hazard free too?

If the answer to any of the above is no, then consult with your supervisor or safety manager and share your concerns with them.  If you’d like more information on this important topic, check out Princeton Universities blog, it is a great resource of tool safety.Employers are responsible for keeping you safe but as an employee, safety rules are always your best tools.

Carly Isaacs