Tool safety is important
Tools make a big contribution to any workplace or farm.
THE EMPLOYER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
Do not use homemade tools in the workplace. Restrict or ban the unauthorised use of tools. Ensure that the right tools are available for the task. Put a system in place that compels an employee to inspect all hand tools before using them.
Tools must be inspected monthly. The inspection list must then be signed off by the employer to ensure that all tools are in a good working condition at all times. If a tool is found to be faulty or poses a danger to an employee, the item must be withdrawn immediately. These tools can be used again after it has been repaired.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EMPLOYEE
All employees must inspect the tools before using them. Employees must ensure that the tools are kept in a good condition and stored clean and correctly after use. No tools should be left on the ground after use. Tools must be handled correctly at all times. Disciplinary action should be considered if tools are used as toys!
A first-aid kit must be available in the event of an employee getting injured while using the tools. Should an employee or visitor sustain an injury due to a homemade tool, the employer concerned can be prosecuted.
When contractors come to work on the site, the contractor must use his/her own tools.
Publication: August 2022
Author: CHARL SAAYMAN, HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSULTANT AT MEGA HEALTH AND SAFETY