Tool Belt Safety
The tool belt is the mark of a tradesman, a hard-working person who knows how to get the job done. Even if you don’t use one at work, chances are you use a tool belt for home maintenance and renovation work. Using a tool belt correctly will help ensure safety while working.
Some major do’s and don’ts are:
Tool Belt DO’s
- DO choose the right belt assembly to keep implements safe and secure
- DO make sure the tool belt is made of a sturdy material
- DO keep tools in correct sized pockets, pouches, and slots
- DO balance the weight of a tool belt so the weight is equal on each side (the average tool belt should weigh 15-20 pounds)
- DO guard all sharp tools with scabbards or sheaths
Tool Belt DON’TS
- DON’T pack around excess supplies causing unnecessary weight
- DON’T use the tool belt as a safety belt when working from heights
- DON’T hang tool belt on nails, hooks or other protruding objects
- DON’T wear belt repeatedly causing chronic discomfort and back problems
Carrying tools on a belt keeps hands free for tasks and work; just always make sure to follow the do’s and don’ts of tool belts!