• Scalpels, Craft Knives, Chisels, Scissors, Tin Snips
  • Soft materials, Timber, Metal <1mm thick
  • Cutting
  • Workshop Category: W2
  • Workshop Risk Category: Green: Low Risk

Various sharp tools which are primarily used for cardboard/paper/thin sheet model making and shaping wood

Start with a Risk Assessment to ensure a safe work area:

  1. Remove loose fitting clothing, jewellery, and tie back long hair
  2. Give the work your undivided attention
  3. Make sure the area is clear of people, especially directly in front of working area
  4. If you have not used and/or are inexperienced with tooling, ask a member of workshop staff for advice and a demonstration

Operational Safety Rules:

  1. Ensure tool being used has a suitably sharp edge and that it is appropriate for cutting your materials. Do not apply too much pressure when using sharps. Test this using paper or ask a member of workshop staff – do not test blade using fingers!
  2. If changing blade on scalpels or craft knives, wear goggles. If Chisels or planes need sharpening ask a member of workshop staff
  3. Fix your work to the workbench where appropriate, and always when using a chisel
  4. Cut away from yourself if using chisels, scissors, or tin snips. Cut to the side of yourself if using scalpels or craft knives
  5. Use a cutting mat under your material if using scalpels and knives
  6. If needing to cut a straight edge with a scalpel or craft knife – only use specially designed safety cutting rulers which will use a raised edge or handle to reduce the chance of accidentally cutting fingers and hands. These are available to use in the workshop


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