Knife Safety Tips
Sharp tool usage is common in our work place at the moment with Broccoli harvest and Broccoli Packing and of course Onion peeling
It is easy to make the mistake of thinking that they are completely safe to use. Potential hand injuries in the workplace can be all too common.
It is very important to follow safe knife handling procedures at all times when using a knife / Sharp tool.
When working with a knife or sharp tool in Moonrocks , a cut resistant glove that has been supplied to you must be worn on the opposite hand to what you are holding the knife sharp tool in, that way if your knife or sharp tool slips you can your hand some kind of protection.
Remember no Glove no Work. We want you to go home with all your digits.
Knife safety tips to consider:
- Always use the correct knife for the job
- knives work best when they're sharp. They are easier to operate and safer to use when sharp. Blunt knives can cause injury due to excessive pressure applied
- Point the blade away from yourself when cutting. Make sure no body parts are in the cutting path.
- Be certain that other people are at a safe distance before cutting.
- When not in use, see that you store your knife or cutter in a safe location. make sure the blade is safely stored away.
- Never discard loose blades in the garbage or leave them where they can injure an unsuspecting person.
- Use knives and cutters for their intended purpose. Using your knife in a way in which they were not designed or on the wrong materials can damage the blade and cause injury to yourself or others.
- If a knife is falling, even a safety knife, you risk injury by trying to stop it with your hand or foot. Let the knife fall to the ground rather than trying to grab it as it falls.
- Do not toss a knife to someone. It is also recommended that you do not hand a knife directly to someone. Set down the knife and let the other person pick it up
- Be alert and pay attention when you are using a knife. Don’t get distracted or take your eyes off what you are doing
- When carrying a knife always hold the point of the knife downwards
- DO NOT RUN WITH A KNIFE OR SHARP TOOL
If you are unlucky and Cut yourself or someone else:
Please report to your first aider Lynda Myburgh and Brett Grayson in the sheds and for the paddock report to Justin Tydd and Troy Marsh immediately all accidents no matter how minor must be reported.