Safe use of knives and safety cutters in the workplace

Knife Safety in the Workplace

With box cutters and utility knives being so common and easy to use, some people make the mistake of thinking that they are completely safe to use. Even using a so-called “safety knife” has some risk if the safety knife is used incorrectly. Therefore it is very important to follow safe knife handling procedures at all times.

Utility knives and box cutters are common in today’s workplace. Utility knives are used in a variety of applications such as shipping, receiving, grocery store stocking, restaurant work, meat packing, construction, manufacturing, and more. In fact, all places where boxes, cartons, bags, shrink wrap and other materials must be cut or opened, you will find utility knives and cutters.

Occupational hand injuries in the workplace are all too common. It is estimated that more than $3,000 worth of health care, worker's compensation and loss in productivity can be attributed to just one cut or laceration to the hand. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that more than $300 million is spent for hand lacerations each year.