1. Always use the right tool to complete a job safely and efficiently.
2. Always use tools correctly. Do not attempt to modify a tool for any other purpose. Do not force a tool.
3. Always keep edged tools, such as chisels and blades, sharp, Dull tools do not perform properly and can cause injury.
4. Always replace or repair defective tools.
5. Always store tools safely. Do not leave loose tools on a working surface, especially on overhead catwalks, scaffolds, etc.
6. Always wear appropriate PPE (safety eyewear, gloves, etc.).
7. Always wear ANSI Z87.1 type safety eyewear when using hand tools. Standard eyeglasses or sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection.
8. Inspect all tools before use. Do not use tools that are damaged, out of alignment or are not functioning properly.
9. Do not use a screwdriver as a chisel or pry bar. The tool can slip and cause injury.
10.Do not use a chisel as a screwdriver. The tip of the chisel may break and cause injury.
11. Do not use a knife as a screwdriver. The blade can snap and cause injury.
12.Do not use a pliers to tighten or remove nuts or screws. Use a proper wrench.
13.When using a chisel, always chip or cut away from yourself. Do not use impact tools such as chisels, wedges or drift pins if their heads are mushroom shaped. the heads may shatter upon impact.
14.Direct saw blades, knives and other tools away from aisle areas and other employees.
15.Do not carry chisels or screwdrivers in your pocket. If you fall it can cause injury.
16.Steel or iron tools can cause sparks and may be hazardous around flammable substances. Use spark-resistant tools (brass, plastic, etc.) when working around flammable substances.
17.Secure your work when possible. Utilize a vise or clamp when practical. Avoid using your hands to secure work.
18.Never operate a tool while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.