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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - using knives and cutting tools in the workplace

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures needed to manage the safe use of knives and other cutting tools in the workplace.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Using Knives and Cutting Tools in the Workplace is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks and what can happen if these aren’t properly managed.


Control measures include ensuring the correct type of cutting tool is used, tools are stored properly, staff are provided with correct training and issued with personal protective equipment.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Makes sure only knives or cutting tools suitable for the work are used.
  • Ensure that knives and cutting tools are used and stored properly.
  • Ensure that knives and cutting tool blades are sharp and in good condition.
  • Where cut-resistant gloves are provided, ensure that they are being worn.
  • Ensure that other people are at a reasonable distance from the knife or cutting tool user.
  • Ensure that first aid is administered to any cuts received.