Cutting tools must only be used to perform tasks for which they were designed and not be used beyond the design capacity intended by the manufacturer. Only cutting tools approved by the NWR Procurement and Safety Department shall be used unless a specific exception has been approved.
End user must inspect equipment prior to use and properly discard all dull or damaged knives or saw blades as part of your onsite maintenance program. Use only a sharp blade. A dull blade requires more force and is more likely to slip than a sharp one. Keep saw blades clean, and use light machine oil on the blade to keep it from overheating and breaking when cutting on metal.
When changing blades, cut resistant gloves shall be worn. Prohibited and approved cutting tools are outlined in the onsite Pipeworx orientation. While disposing of used cutting blades the blades should be placed in containers to prevent a cut exposure to the garbage handler. Plan your task and select the appropriate cutting tool.
Additionally, adhere to the following:
- Hands, other body parts, or other persons are not in the “line of fire.” Cut away from your body.
- Hold the cutting tool by the handle or casing.
- Never bend or apply side loads to blades or use them to open cans, loosen screws or pry.
- Be aware of tension or stored energy when you complete your cut. The material being cut may have the potential to spring or snap back, fall and/or strike someone.
- Ensure adequate levels of lighting when using a cutting tool.
Select a proper cutting surface and secure the item which you are cutting in order to minimize having to make an awkward cut. Preferably use clamps or vise versus holding with your hand. Remember, Do not rest material being cut on or near your legs.
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