An often-neglected aspect of hand tools is having proper systems in place to insure optimal use. Many tools need routine maintenances, such as sharpening or vibration control. In many workplaces, the selection of which tools to use for specific tasks cannot be haphazard. Employee training in all aspects of tool use can be critical.
The underlying goal for these administrative systems is to help insure correct application of design principles: e.g., to minimize force, motions, and vibration. The hand tool itself may be insufficient without these additional systems.
Issues and Options
Example of importance: Sharpening
|Knives and scissors||Drill bits|
Example of importance: Vibration reduction
Right tool for right job
Drilling: availablility of new bits, counters or other measures to insure that a given bit is not overused
maintenance items performed by user
warning signs of problems
examples, unusual noise or smoke from power tools