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The most common concern when using sharp blades or edges is an injury, such as a cut (laceration, puncture) or an amputation.
Tools or equipment with sharp blades or edges can include:
Most reliable option is to eliminate the use of the blade. Assess if there is another way to cut the item, open the package, automate the process, or use a different tool.
Next, assess if there is another way to reduce the need for using the blade (e.g., slicing, cutting or trimming). Is there a different type of blade or tool that will do the job safer (e.g., covered blades, fixed guards, non-exposed blades, spring backs, tape splitters, pliers, snips, etc.)?
If these options are not possible, the following steps may help to reduce the risk of injury.
To prevent cuts: