How to handle hand and power tools safely

Hand and power tools are machines that simplify your work and allow you to complete it faster. Examples of these tools include hammers, drills, circular saws, chainsaws, grinders, and sanders, among others. If they are not handled correctly, they can be potential hazards and could cause severe injuries.
This blog covers measures that you can put in place to maintain safety when using various tools.

1. Work with the right tool

Different jobs require different types of tools. You should ensure that you are using the right tool for the job. This will help you avoid injuries.

2. Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wearing proper protective equipment will minimize the risk of getting injured. PPEs include protective clothing, eye protection, hearing protection as well as safety harness systems. This equipment can provide some protection from these tools and provide an extra measure of safety.

3. Regular maintenance

Maintaining tools regularly will keep them in good condition and allow them to be safe and reliable for use. In addition, you should inspect them on a regular basis to make sure they are in proper working order.

4. Look out for damaged tools

Before giving renting out any equipment, make sure that it is in good working condition. If you have doubts about the reliability of a particular tool, avoid renting or selling it as it may be dangerous to the borrower or buyer.

5.Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Make sure you read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions before using hand and power tools. These instructions will educate you on handling and using machines to avoid accidents.

Precautionary measures to observe when using hand and power tools:

  • Be aware of your environment when using these tools. Ensure that you are working in a spacious area and be aware of the people around you
  • Read all manufacturer’s instruction and undertake the necessary training before operating power tools
  • In case you have damaged tools, fix them immediately. Let their repairs be handled by trained and qualified personnel
  • Be cautious when carrying hand and powers tools and avoid holding them by their cables
  • Ensure that power tools are properly grounded and double-insulated
  • Do not leave power and hand tools unattended

Test and tag electric tools

Testing and tagging is an essential process before buying any electric tool or device. It guarantees the buyer that what they are buying is in good working condition. This is, however, not a requirement when buying electric tools. However, testing and tagging show the item's safety but not certainty the tool will last.