CARE OF HAND TOOLS
Tools are expensive; tools are vital equipment.
When the need for their use arises, common sense
plus a little preventive maintenance prolongs their
usefulness. The following precautions for the care of
tools should be observed:
Clean tools after each use. Oily, dirty, and
greasy tools are slippery and dangerous to use.
NEVER hammer with a wrench.
NEVER leave tools scattered about. When
they are not in use, stow them neatly on racks or in
Apply a light film of oil after cleaning to
prevent rust on tools.
INVENTORY tools after use to prevent loss.
PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT
To protect you from danger, protective equipment
such as safety shoes, goggles, hard hats, and gloves
are issued. The use of this equipment is mandatory
on certain jobs. Their use is a MUST, and there is no
question about that. Be sure to USE THEM on any
job WHERE they are REQUIRED. They can protect
you from a lot of harm.
Some safety shoes are designed to limit damage to
your toes from falling objects. A steel plate is placed
in the toe area of such shoes so that your toes are not
crushed if an object impacts there.
Other safety shoes are designed for use where
danger from sparking could cause an explosion. Such
danger is minimized by elimination of all metallic
nails and eyelets and by the use of soles that do not
cause static electricity.
Proper eye protection is of the utmost importance
for all personnel. Eye protection is necessary because
of hazards posed by infrared and ultraviolet radiation,
or by flying objects such as sparks, globules of molten
metal, or chipped concrete and wood. These hazards
are everpresent during welding, cutting, soldering,
chipping, grinding, and a variety of other operations.
It is IMPERATIVE for you to use eye protection
devices, such as helmets, face shields, and goggles
(fig. 1-59), during eye-hazard operations.
Figure 1-59.-Eye-protection devices.