According to OSHA, 70% of all employee cuts & lacerations are to the hands and fingers! By sharing some simple rules and reminders you can dramatically help decrease the chances of a possible injury. Print the handout below and distribute to your employees to promote safety!
An example would be not using a pair of scissors to open a box. Use the right tool for the task at hand. Therefore if the blade slips, it will be moving in the direction away from your body. Cut away from your body. Using a sharp tool requires you to exert less force and consequently decreases your chances of the blade slipping. Use a sharp tool. Use the appropriate PPE according to the job. Some PPE would include glasses, gloves, and long sleeve shirts. Always wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE.) Keep blades covered or retracted when the tool is not in use. Try not to use a blade with one hand while holding the object you are cutting in the other. Put the object being cut or opened on a stable surface. Remove hanging jewelry, tuck in loose clothing, and pull back your hair. Limit personal hazards. A blade can be easily misplaced or go unseen and cause an accidental injury. Keep a clean workspace. Never carry a blade in your pocket, even when retracted or covered. If the blade starts falling, first back away, then carefully pick it up after all movement has stopped. Never try to catch a falling blade.