For corporate safety program leaders in Ohio and beyond, the Ohio BWC is an excellent resource for services, training and education on a wide range of safety topics to help protect both workers and employers. In its downloadable Safety Leader’s Discussion Guide, the BWC’s safety project manager, Rich Gaul, provides an excellent chapter on the topic of preventing cuts and lacerations. Gaul reports cuts and lacerations often rank as the second or third most frequent workplace injury. And one of the most common sources of cuts and lacerations is the use of knives and other cutting tools. Many injuries could be prevented. As a safety training tip, Gaul suggests safety leaders gather examples of all utility knives and other cutting tools used at their facility and then reviewing safety procedures for their use with workers. Some of his suggestions for knife/blade safety include:
- Using the proper tool for the job
- Inspecting tools prior to use
- Using a sharp blade (a dull blade requires greater force, increasing potential hazards)
- Replacing blades when they are dull
- Using rounded tip cutting blades rather than pointed tip blades, when possible
For the full discussion guide chapter or more information, visit the Ohio BWC.