Lending power tools or electrical appliances
Basic Rules of Hand & Power Tool Safety
Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is important to keep hand and power tools reliable and safe to use. Inspection of tools should be done regularly to lower the risk of injuries due to malfunctioning equipment.
Examine each tool for damage before lending and do not lend damaged tools
Checking and inspecting hand and power tools to determine defective or damaged equipment before lending them to other users is crucial. Damaged equipment can be very dangerous, therefore it is crucial that if you suspect that a piece of equipment is not in good working condition that you do not lend it.
Provide tools or appliances with the manufacturers’ instructions
Equipment manuals help guide our users on how to handle and operate tools as intended. It is important that you provide the renter with the appropriate manufacturer's instructions to avoid mishandling of tools that lead to otherwise avoidable accidents.
Provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is anything used or worn by a person (including clothing) to minimise risks to the person’s health and safety. This may include hearing protection, eye protection, protective clothing, and safety harness systems. PPE helps in ensuring your safety by reducing the overall physical hazards caused by power tools. When lending power tools make sure to provide the renter with the appropriate PPE to minimise the risk of injury. If you do not have the appropriate PPE please check to make sure that the renter does.
Testing and tagging electrical appliances
Testing and tagging electrical appliances is one useful way to check electrical equipment is safe. However, it's not mandatory. What is legally required is that equipment is electrically safe and maintained in a safe condition. Testing and tagging doesn't guarantee future electrical safety, what it does is provide a snapshot of how safe the appliance is at the time of testing.
If you are thinking about regularly lending electrical appliances we suggest you hire a third-party like Jims Test & Tag or Metro Test to carry out the testing. Tag and testing will likely cost you between $3.00-$5.00 per item which is a small price to pay for the additional confidence that the gear you are lending is safe.
How often you test and tag depends on the nature and usage of the equipment. For example, electrical equipment used outside and in damp conditions would need more frequent testing than a computer in an office.
At Mutu, the safety of our users is a priority and we recommend only lending items that have been tagged and tested. Whether you decide to test and tag or not, it's important to regularly look at cords, plugs and tools to see if they're damaged before using them.
Effective Hand and Power Checklist Tool
If you are someone who either owns and lends power tools or someone who is looking to rent power tools we strongly advise you to download iAuditors FREE checklist tool.
Capture defects of hand and power tools on your mobile devices.
Spot and track red flags and assign appropriate corrective measures.
Create inspection checklist templates for yourself or others to comply with.
Share your inspections with qualified safety officials in real-time.
They also have a collection of hand and power tool checklist sample templates that can be customized to suit your needs.
Hand and power tools should help our users easily perform their tasks and not put them in danger. We have created this document to ensure both our users and their equipment remains safe while being shared via our platform.
Stay safe and happy sharing from the Mutu team!