Key to delivering safe, quality activity on your chosen site is the understanding and demonstration of safe tool use during any work party.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT - SAFE HANDLING AND USE
When leading an activity on site, you will need to make an assessment of the risks involved in tasks where tools and equipment are being used and take action to reduce the risk of injury arising from improper use or handling.
Some of the key principles in safe tool handling and use are:
General Rules for the Safe Use of Hand Tools
Some guidance on the use of specific tools can be found below, however, there are a few basic pricinples of which you need to be aware:
Below are documents which demonstrate the safe use and handling of tools.
Leading a Tool Talk
When sharing this information. it is useful to have an interactive tool talk (discussion and demonstration, in which participants mirror the safe use demonstration). Forest schools portfolio have produced basic tool talk guidance, which can be found as follows:
If you are in any doubt about the safe use of a tool, then working with that tool must not take place. If you would like to receive guidance in the use of tools or in the delivery of a particular activity, please contact your Community Green Spaces Project Manager to arrange this.