Take care when working with all tools; they can cause injury to you and others. On average, more than 250,000 people are injured in DIY accidents in the UK every year. There is always a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to use tools. Obtain the correct tool for the job in hand and use it only for the purpose intended.
Never assume that you know all there is to know about tools, and always study the manufacturer’s information and advice. Read the instructions before starting a job involving the use of tools, especially if the tool is unfamiliar to you. If in any doubt, seek professional advice.
Prepare a checklist of what tools and which protective safety equipment you will need.
Use the correct tool and don’t compromise with an inappropriate alternative.
Before you start work, consider what equipment and access you will need to ensure the safe use of your tools. Particular attention must be paid when working in awkward or elevated places.
Always ensure that you have the correct safety equipment to hand, e.g. goggles, safety spectacles, gloves, helmets, masks etc and always wear them to suit the job being undertaken. We recommend Scan safety wear.
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Dust damages the lungs – always wear a mask when the task involves drilling, sawing, sanding or other dust producing applications.
Hammers and other impacting tools are manufactured with varying hardnesses. To avoid injury, always use the correct striking tool for the job, and always be aware of the likelihood of flying parts or materials – particularly when working close to others.
Use an RCD adaptor or socket – they detect and react to changes in the flow of electricity by cutting off the power in an instant. They can be used both indoors and outdoors and do not interfere with the performance of a power tool.
● Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before switching on.
● Do not modify, dismantle or remove safety guards from a power tool.
● Disconnect from the power source before cleaning or carrying out any maintenance.
● Keep work areas tidy and free from other tools or obstructions. Ensure that you have freedom of movement within the workspace.
● Ensure that all moving parts are stationary and disconnect the tool from the mains before adjusting or replacing any accessories.
● Never allow children or pets to be within the working area.
● Always work with cables behind you and well away from the workpiece.
Before using your tools, decide if the job is within your capabilities – if in doubt, call an expert in to do the job.