Hand Tool Safety: Files, Chisels, Hammers, Screwdrivers
Before using any of these tools inspect it to ensure that it is in good condition.
- Do not use a file as a pry bar, hammer, screwdriver or chisel.
- When using a file or a rasp, grasp the handle in one hand and the toe of the file in the other.
- Do not hammer on a file.
- Use the chisel that has been sharpened. Do not use a chisel that has a dull cutting edge.
- Do not use chisels that have mushroomed striking heads.
- Hold a chisel by using a tool holder, if possible.
- Clamp small work pieces in the vise and chip towards the stationary jaw when you are working with a chisel.
- Use a claw hammer for pulling nails.
- Do not strike nails or other objects with the cheek of the hammer.
- Do not strike a hardened steel surface, such as a cold chisel, with a claw hammer.
- Do not strike one hammer against another hammer.
- Do not use a hammer if your hands are oily, greasy or wet.
- Do not use a hammer as a wedge or a pry bar, or for pulling large spikes.
- Use only the sledge-type hammer on a striking face wrench.
- Do not use a hatchet as a hammer.
- Do not use hammers with rounded, mushroomed, or damaged heads.
- Always match the size and type of screwdriver blade to fit the head of the screw.
- Do not hold the work piece against your body while using a screwdriver.
- Do not put your fingers near the blade of the screwdriver when tightening a screw.
- Use a drill, nail, or an awl to make a starting hole for screws.
- Do not force a screwdriver by striking with a hammer or using a pliers to twist it.
- Do not use a screwdriver as a punch, chisel, pry bar or nail puller.
- When you are performing electrical work, use the screwdriver that has the blue handle. This screwdriver is insulated.
- Do not carry a screwdriver in your pocket.
- Do not use a screwdriver if your hands are wet, oily or greasy.
- Do not use a screwdriver to test the charge of a battery.
- When using the spiral ratchet screwdriver, push down firmly and slowly