There is a wide variety of safe hand tools to choose from. If you want to pick the right ones for you, remember that everyone has a different hand size, strength, and preferences. That’s why it’s important to take your time and look for the best ones. And when it comes to making your final decision about which tools to buy, you should always put safety first.
Here are a few tips on how to choose safe hand tools.
Every year the statistics show that thousands of emergency visits are caused by improper usage of different kinds of tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, pliers and tin snips. With appropriate safety measures we reduce the risk of injury. What’s more, with a well chosen set of hand tools our jobs get done easier and faster. So before you get down to working, read on and find out how to choose safe hand tools.
When you buy a hand tool
First of all, opt for a tool that needs less force to use it and weighs less. This way it will put less stress on your hand. Make sure that the tool you choose is well balanced and doesn’t tip backward or forward when you hold it in your hand.
You may not give much thought to the handles on your hand tools, but you definitely should. They are, in fact, the only physical link between you and your tools.
Using tools with the right size handles can reduce tiredness and the risk of hand and wrist problems. It can also increase your productivity, and improve the quality of your work in general.
Pay attention to the size of the handle in the tool you are choosing. It should be comfortable – not too thick, small or short. Check the handle for both hands. Additionally, if you wear gloves while using the tool, you may need a bigger handle.
You also need to look for a handle that doesn’t hurt your hand when you hold tight. If it does, you can buy a handle cover made of soft materials or tools with non-slip handles that are more comfortable to use.
When the job requires using a lot of force, the handle should be long enough for your entire hand. Then you can get the power grip that you need. Another important thing to remember about is keeping your wrist straight. An adjustable or bent angle on some tools helps you keep your wrist in the right position.
What you should know
To put it simply, one tool can’t do all jobs. If you use a tool for a job it was not designed for, the job will be harder to do and the tool may get damaged. Also, a lot of tools in the stores are labeled ‘ergonomic’.
You are the only person who can tell whether it is or isn’t ergonomic. If the tool is comfortable and easy to use for you, it is in fact ergonomic for you. Once again, make sure you try many different tools before you find the right one. And remember this simple rule: you can improve your productivity with a good hand tool; it helps you get your job done well.
Using a hand tool
After you start using your new tools, keep them sharp and in good condition. This way, you can reduce the force you need to use on the tool and consequently reduce the stress on your hands and wrists.
Also, try not to use tools with your wrist bent. To avoid any potential injuries, try to rest your hands during the day. Even a perfectly chosen tool can hurt you if you must use it over and over. When it’s possible, use a power tool that can cut the wear on your hand.