Quick Tips | Hand Tool Selection

The repetitive use of non-powered hand tools on the job can lead to injury, such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or muscle strain. To help reduce your risk of injury:

  1. Select a tool that’s designed for the job you will be doing. Using the incorrect tool can cause pain and injuries.
  2. Select a tool with the ideal grip span or handle diameter. (See suggested measurements.)
  3. Choose a tool that can be used comfortably in the work space, avoiding awkward postures or bent wrists during tool use.
  4. When possible, choose a tool that requires the least continuous force.
  5. Consider tool handle options, such as handle length, soft coating,

non-slip surface, and spring-loading, to ensure you have selected a tool that does not press into the hand or cause muscle strain. The handle should not have sharp edges or finger grooves.

Following these tips can help you avoid injuries caused by the choice of hand tools. For additional information on ergonomic hand tool selection, see NIOSH’s Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools.

Date Posted: 08-17-2015
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