Boohoo – Use of a safety knife

Boohoo – Use of a safety knife

Step 3 – Use of a Safety Knife



  • SSoW Reference no. WH004 Related risk
    assessment ID no.(s)
    RA004
    Department/location Warehouse Task/activity Using the safety knife
    Date of original completion. 01/03/2015 Date of review. 13/01/2020
    Manager owning process Training Manager/Operations Manager
    Description of activity/task Use of safety knife
    Equipment or machinery
    to be used
    Safety knife
    Main risks identified from
    risk assessments
    Slipping whilst opening parcels/damaged knives – lacerations, cuts
    PPE requirements Hi-Visibility vests
    Safety footwear
    Purpose To ensure the safe operation of the safety knives used on site.
    Scope

    Safety knifes have spring loaded blade mechanism, which allows the operative to carry out the necessary cutting actions but minimises the exposure to open blades. These safety knives will be issued to all staff or agency workers that need them to carry out their job. Using knives can be dangerous and cause severe injuries when safety rules are not followed.

    Pre-use check
    WH004 use of safety knife Updated 1

    Before using the safety knife you must check for damages, check to see if the spring mechanism fails or becomes defective, do not use the knife and inform your Team Leader, Supervisor or Manger immediately. Only extend the blade the required length for the cutting operation. If the blade snaps/breaks return the knife back to your Team Leader, Supervisor or Manager.

    • Under no circumstances must staff bring their own knives onto any Company site.
    • Only the safety knives issued by the Company should be used.
    • The safety knives must not be removed from site and must be returned to your supervisor at the end of your shift.
    • If your blade needs to be changed you must see your team leader.
    Standard operating procedure
    WH004 use of safety knife 1
    • When cutting a box make sure you cut away from yourself.
    • Place your non knife hand on the side of the box so you do not cut yourself if the blade slips out of position.
    WH004 use of safety knife 2
    • When opening a parcel make sure you cut away from yourself.
    • Move all the items to the bottom of the bag then you do not damage any of the garments.
    WH004 use of safety knife 3
    • Pull the shrink wrap away from the box with your non knife hand so you do not cut yourself if the blade slips out of position.
    • When cutting a shrink wrap make sure you cut away from yourself.
    • Make sure no one is stood near to you when cutting shrink wrap

    Please be aware of the space required for the turning circle of the pallet truck.

    WH004 use of safety knife 4
    • Pull the banding away from the box with your non knife hand so you do not cut yourself if the blade slips out of position.
    • When cutting banding make sure you cut away from yourself.
    • Make sure no one is stood near when cutting a band

    Confirmatory questions and sign off

    Please read the following questions carefully and answer using the information trained out to you and detailed in the attached documents.

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