Selecting the Right Tool for the Job
Selecting the Right Tool for the Job is very important. Before you select a tool, think about the job you will be doing. Tools are designed for specific purposes.
Using a tool for something other than its intended purpose is most often the cause of both tool damage and personal injury. You can reduce your chances of being injured when you select a tool that fits the job you will be doing. Examples include the following:
- job requiring cutting, pinching and gripping will require hand tools like pliers, snips and cutters
- job requiring you to strike something will require some kind of hammer
- job requiring you to drive or turn something will require screw or nut drivers and wrenches
Tips for Selecting Hand Tools
Over time, exposure to awkward postures or harmful contact pressures can contribute to an injury. You can reduce your risk of injury if you select hand tools that fit your hand and the job you are doing. In the next tab, we’ll discuss some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Two Kinds of Tools
The first kind of tool is the physical device that employees directly use to complete a task correctly. This can include carpentry equipment, scientific instruments, paintbrushes, etc. They are so important, in fact, that oftentimes a job can’t be done correctly without them. You wouldn’t use a hammer to try and put a screw in place, would you?
Having the right tool is imperative to the successful completion of the task at hand. In addition, the right tools allow employees to complete their tasks efficiently, which affords employees opportunities to expand their range of capabilities.
The second kind of tool expedites processes at work. These might not be necessary to complete a task but are just as important to your business. There are many applications and services out there that you can implement into your workplace that does things like facilitate communication between employees, assist them in keeping their tasks organized and store their shared documents and resources. Tools like this help you take care of internal things that don’t directly affect your production so that you can spend more time and brainpower focusing on the things that matter most to your business.
In my experience, tools are the backbone of business processes. I have completed multiple internships and have held numerous job positions, and every time I started a new job, the first thing I was instructed to do was to familiarise myself with the tools that the employees of the company use every day. This taught me how internal processes were carried out and even gave me an insight into the company culture. Learning the tools was incredibly valuable to my understanding of how the company operates.