TOOL HABITS - Continued
KEEP EACH TOOL IN ITS PROPER STORAGE
PLACE. A tool is useless if you cannot find it. If you
return each tool to its proper place, you will know where
it is when you need it.
KEEP YOUR TOOLS IN GOOD CONDITION. Keep
them free of rust, nicks, burrs, and breaks.
KEEP YOUR TOOL SETCOMPLETE. If you are issued
a tool box, each tool should be placed in it when not in
use. If possible, the box should be locked and stored in a
designated area. Keep an inventory list in the box and
check it after each job. This will help you to keep track of
USE EACH TOOL ONLY ON THE JOB FOR WHICH IT
WAS DESIGNED. If you use the wrong tool to make an
adjustment, the result will probably be unsatisfactory.
For example, if you use a socket wrench that is too big,
you will round off the corners of the wrench or nut. If this
rounded wrench or nut is not replaced immediately, the
safety of your equipment may be endangered in an
KEEP YOUR TOOLS WITHIN EASY REACH AND
WHERE THEY CANNOT FALL ON THE FLOOR OR
ON MACHINERY. Avoid placing tools anywhere above
machinery or electrical apparatus. Serious damage will
result if the tool falls into the machinery after the equip-
ment is turned on or running.
Return broken tools to section chief.
NEVER USE DAMAGED TOOLS. Notify your supervisor
of broken or damaged tools. A battered screwdriver
may slip and spoil the the screw slot or cause painful
injury to the user. A gage strained out of shape wil
result in inaccurate measurements.
Remember, a workers efficiency is often a direct result
of the condition of the tools being used. Workers are
often judged by the manner in which they handle and
care for their tools. You should care for hand tools the
same way you care for personal property. Always keep
hand tools clean and free from dirt, grease, and foreign
matter. After use, return tools promptly to their proper
places in the tool box. Improve your own efficiency by
organizing your tools so that those used most frequently
can be reached easily without sorting through the entire
contents of the box. Avoid accumulating unnecessary