Hand tools have become essential in our lives, but they can be dangerous if not used correctly. If you want to reduce the chances of endangering yourselves, following the safety measures is advisable. 

Mentioned below are the safety practices for using a hand tool:

  1. Remember to always wear eye protection while you are working with the tools.
  2. Wear the correct safety equipment for the job.
  3. Utilise the tools of the right size and the right type for your job.
  4. Don’t forget to follow the correct procedure for each tool.
  5. Please keep your cutting tools in sharp and good condition.
  6. Never work with oil and greasy hands.
  7. Carefully handle the sharp-edged tools and pointed tools. 
  8. Operate tools according to the instructions given by the manufacturer.
  9. After using the tool, clean it and keep it back in its proper storage place. 
  10. Don’t carry tools in your pockets.
  11. It is not advisable to use tools that are loose or cracked.
  12. Please keep the punches and chisels in a good state.
  13. Use a file with a handle.
  14. Don’t try to pry or hammer with a file as it may shatter.
  15. Don’t use any tool for the wrong purposes as you could land in deep trouble.
  16. Never use screwdrivers as chisels or pry bars.
  17. If any tool breaks, report the incident to the supervisor immediately.
  18. Always use the officially tested repair kits for your tools. 
  19. Be aware of the people around you when you are using tools.
  20. Inspect your tools to make sure that they’re in good condition. 
  21. Loose clothing or jewellery is not advisable to wear as it can get caught in the moving parts of the tools. 
  22. Ensure that you’re having a good work area and a good balance while using tools. 
  23. It is not advisable to climb a ladder with a tool in your hand. It is better to find someone on the ground to hold tools for you with a bucket or bag on a rope. 

Mentioned below are the benefits of using hand tools:

  1. You can apply a small amount of force with hand tools which will help you to control your activity. For instance, if you want to fasten a screw or remove a nut, a hand tool can be helpful for you to prevent the over-tightening of the screw, butchering of the head or damage of the nut and cross-threading. 
  2. You don’t need electric power to operate the hand tools. In fact, they are mobile devices that can be utilised at any time of the day and at any place. It means that you need not worry about using long extension power cables or charging your device daily before commencing work. 
  3. The cost of hand tools is less when compared to power tools. The hand tools are safe as they can be used in situations where power tools might be dangerous. 
  4. Hand tools are lightweight and easy to handle. In addition, they also provide greater accuracy. 
  5. Hand tools have a few movable parts which are simple and reliable. 


People should use hand tools by strictly following precautionary measures. They should be aware of it. In addition, they must also know about the benefits of using hand tools.