A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

6.2   Cutting Tools

6.2.1    Knives
6.2.2    Shared Use
6.2.3    Care of Tools
6.3.4    Guillotines
 

6.2.1    Knives

Sharp knives and tools are needed for a variety of art work. For carving wood and other resistant materials it is important to use effective holding devices. For cutting or engraving wood, linoleum or hardboard for printmaking, the use of bench keys, or G-clamps for large blocks, will provide a more stable working surface. Tools that are properly sharp present less of a hazard than when bluntness causes the user to exert excessive pressure.

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6.2.2    Shared Use

Where tools are used by a number of teachers, one person should have the main responsibility for their maintenance and storage. Care should be taken when lending tools to other people that they understand the potential hazards and return the tools promptly.

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6.2.3    Care of Tools

It should be emphasised to pupils that the proper care and use of tools is an important part of their education.

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6.2.4    Guillotines

Guillotines for cutting paper and card must be properly guarded at all times and only used by pupils under supervision. Bench shears for cutting metal should be locked when not in use.

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