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Cutting Tool Safety Talk

Box knives, scissors, or knives are used to perform various tasks, such as opening boxes, or packages. When using a cutting tool, following these safety practices will prevent lacerations:  

  • Handle, use, and store knives and sharp utensils safely. 
  • Cut in the direction away from the body. 
  • Keep fingers and thumbs out of the way of the cutting line. 
  • Utilize protective clothing provided by employers, such as steel mesh or Kevlar gloves. 
  • Use a box knife or cutting tool for its intended purpose. 
  • Have a designated storage area for cutting tools when not in use. Box knives should be stored with blades covered.  
  • In kitchen areas, install knife holders on worktables to prevent injuries.  
  • If a cutting tool is dropped or falling, let it fall. Do not try to catch it.  
  • When carrying sharp objects, always point downward and away from your body. 
  • Do not touch blades. 
  • Avoid placing sharp objects near the edge of countertops. 
  • When using a knife, do not talk to customers or coworkers. If interrupted, stop, and place the cutting tool down on a secure surface. Do not cut while distracted.  


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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