1. Although bungee cords are common items in the workplace, they can cause severe injury if not used properly.
2. Always wear protective eyewear when stretching, fastening, or releasing hooks. A rebounding hook is dangerous and can cause severe injury.
3. Inspect the bungee cord before use to ensure that no alterations, cuts or abrasions are present.
4. Do not use a bungee cord that appears frayed or worn or if the hook has been bent, gouged or otherwise tampered with.
5. Do not stretch a bungee cord beyond 50% of its unstretched length. Extending the cord beyond 50% of its unstretched length can cause failure of the cord or hook, or slippage and dangerous rebound. For example, a 24-inch cord should be stretched no more than a total of 36 inches, including hooks.
6. Do not stretch a bungee cord toward or away from you to avoid being struck by a rebounding hook. Pull to one side. Keep your head and body out of the rebound path.
7. Do not anchor the hook by its tip. Attach the hook loop center securely to a solid, inflexible mounting point.
8. Do not use a bungee cord on a shifting, swaying, pendulous or top heavy load.
9. Do not use a bungee cord around sharp or abrasive edges or corners that can eventually cut, break or damage the cord.
10. Store bungee cords in a safe, dry environment.