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bbahlaj  
#1 Posted : 09 January 2020 16:14:24(UTC)
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bbahlaj

Hi. We complete toolbox checks at our organisation, which confirms that each tool is damage free and fit for purpose. My question is - is it necessary to inspect and record checks on each tool, like spanners, screw drivers, etc. Or is this overkill, as our SSOW and RAMS instruct our employees to carry out pre-use checks before using them?

Gasman  
#2 Posted : 09 January 2020 16:38:17(UTC)
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Gasman

Short and sweet is no.

Ian Bell2  
#3 Posted : 09 January 2020 18:20:06(UTC)
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Ian Bell2

Generally agree, no specific checks on normal hand tools.

A slight variation is if in a sensitive activity where lost tools or bits of tools missing can be a particular hazard to other machinery - so post work 'tool check' is carried out, in my distant past - lost/missing tools around aircraft maintenance is a big issue due to the flight safety implications of lost tools,

Similar issue around assembly of any complex/delicate machinery.

Kate  
#4 Posted : 10 January 2020 09:58:03(UTC)
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Kate

Doing (but not recording) a pre-use check is usually the best way with simple tools so your SSOW and RAMS cover what is needed (so long as this is actually done).

chris42  
#5 Posted : 10 January 2020 10:42:46(UTC)
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chris42

The term toolbox conjures up a smallish box with a handle which when full of tools can just about be picked up with one hand. However, it could mean one of those boxes that is on castors and the size of a small bungalow and cost to match. One of these can therefore house a significant quantity of tools of all types. So, if you are just talking of a small box of non-powered hand tools then agree as all posts above. However, if a bigger thing which may include powered or air tools etc then I would suggest these are checked periodically by the company (even if owned by the employee).

Chris

Roundtuit  
#6 Posted : 10 January 2020 11:16:49(UTC)
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Roundtuit

Working in "Lean" environments tools were inspected at shift start (or handover) to confirm they were available to use (present and in good condition).

Only defective or missing items were recorded for rectification.

We used a mixture of wall mounted shadow boards and area tool trolleys with "cut outs"

Steve e ashton  
#7 Posted : 10 January 2020 13:03:35(UTC)
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Steve e ashton

A traditional stonemason of my acquaintance was persuaded to begin recording checks on his hammers and chisels after three potentially serious injuries involving metal splinters entering his arm, chest and thigh. He never really understood how or why a badly "mushroomed" cold chisel would release splinters at such high velocity.... Looking back, I guess he wouldn't now be classed as "competent" in the modern sense, since he simply had no real appreciation of the risks of his work... But he did produce some stunningly beautiful results.
SBH  
#8 Posted : 10 January 2020 13:57:43(UTC)
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SBH

I would think a quick toolbox talk on the correct tool for the job plus storage and housekeeping would be sufficient

SBH

Beatrice D Whipkey  
#9 Posted : 15 January 2020 06:52:01(UTC)
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Beatrice D Whipkey

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