In my experience in using a utility knife it can be a very useful tool. I have seen others on the construction jobsite and in other industries use this tool in a way that they have been injured.
A utility knife can be used for general or utility purposes. It is a small tool with a retractable blade used in different industries. The utility knife typically is a retractable and uses replaceable blades. Some utility knives use standard razor blades, and some have double-ended utility blades. The flexible use of these knives is that you can adjust how far the blade extends from the handle to be used.
When the blade becomes dull, it can be reversed or switched for a new one. Additional blades new or used blades can be stored in the hollow handle of some models, and can be accessed by removing a screw and opening the handle.
When using retractable utility/razor knives, they fall under OSHA’s blade guard standard. They should be sheathed or the blade having a protective cover when not in use or the blade is retracted so that it is not exposed.
When using the utility or razor knives, it is very easy to be seriously injured. In order to protect one-self from injuries and accidents there are safety suggestions when using a utility/razor knives. The following suggestions will provide assistance:
•Provide training on how to use the utility knife safely.
•Always be sure that blades are properly seated in knives and that knives are properly closed and/or fastened together before use.
•Always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gloves or hand protection when using utility/razor knives.
•A dull blade requires more force and is more likely to slip than a sharp one. Change the blade whenever it starts to tear instead of cut.
•Always use sharp blades. A dull blade requires more force and is more likely to slip than a sharp one. Change the blade whenever it starts to tear instead of cut.
•Always pull never push the knife. The blade could break off wedging in the material and cutting your arm severely.
•Never leave a blade open. Always retract the blade when not in use.
•When making cut-outs on rolls always pull the knife down. Never push it away from you. When using a knife to cut through thick materials, be patient – make several passes, cutting a little deeper into the material with each pass.
When changing blades the following safety tips will be healthful:
•Carefully remove the used blade from the knife.
•Always hold the blade at the non-sharp side.
•Discard the used blade in a safe place. Carefully wrap it in several layers of tape to cover sharp side and points.
•Make sure to re-assemble the knife correctly. Make sure screw is tight.
Always use utility/razor knives in a safe manner.