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Preventing Cuts & Punctures


Cuts and punctures happen when people use everyday office supplies without exercising care. Follow these guidelines to help reduce the chance for cuts and punctures:

  • When sealing envelopes, use a liquid dispenser, not your tongue.
  • Be careful when using kitchen knives, scissors, staplers, letter openers, and box openers. Any of these items could cause a painful injury.
  • Avoid picking up broken glass with your bare hands. Wear gloves and use a broom and a dustpan.
  • Place used blades or broken glass in a rigid container, such as a box before disposing in a wastebasket.

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014