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Protecting Oneself When Using Auto Hand Tools

Posted by on 5/11/2013 to Info News

Every profession and every job has its own set of guidelines or standards to make sure that the person doing the work is protected and safe at all times. For mechanics and those involved with auto repair, this includes physical safety mainly. While having insurance coverage is a good safety net being able to prevent having any form of injury is still the best form of protection.

The auto hand tools help make the work of mechanics a lot easier, but they can also pose a number of occupational hazards, especially if not used properly or with caution. A lot of these tools have sharp edges or pointed ends. Some require electricity to work, while some are very heavy and bulky. Personal protective equipment like gloves, goggles, and coats are important to provide mechanics with some degree of protection from electrical burns, chemical spills, and other forms of physical harm.

Another way to protect oneself is to use tools that are calibrated properly and meet the safety standards set by manufacturers. Loose-fitting, rusty, old and dated tools should take the backseat instead. When working with electricity, it’s best to choose tools that are insulated properly to prevent electrocution or similar injuries.

Do you have other ideas on how to promote workplace safety for auto repair workers? Share them with us!

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