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- Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes in case a blade breaks.
- Wear cut resistant gloves and sleeves (at least Level 3) to protect your hands and arms.
- Hand a utility knife to a co-worker with the handle first.
- Use one of the newer model self-retracting blade knives. The technology has increased the safety of this tool tremendously over the past several years.
- If the application allows, use one of the new knives with a shielded knive surface such as the Klever Kutter or similar.
- Consider using a rounded tip blade if the application allows for such.
- Ensure the blades are properly positioned in the handle before use.
- Keep extremities out of the cutting path.
- Don’t apply too much pressure on the blade.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions when changing blades.
- Don’t use utility knives to pry loose objects.
- Dispose of dull or broken blades in a puncture-resistant container.
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