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Use of Fixed Blade Knives

Must be applied at all locations

  • Fixed blade knives (such as Stanley knives) shall not be used where a safer alternative can be used for the task, such as safety knives with retractable blades or hoods, shrouded blades, side cutters, snips, or industrial scissors.
  • Where fixed blade knives are required, a specific risk assessment must be undertaken detailing the measures required to prevent cut injuries. This may include hand and forearm protection, cutting techniques, and blade type.
  • Gloves with an EN388 cut resistance rating of ‘E’ or above must be used whenever fixed blade knives are used.

Pat Boyle

Managing Director