Accident investigators have identified retractable utility
knives, as shown in the picture, as a hazard for workers to
avoid. Designed to be safe when the blade is withdrawn into
the handle, some knives used at the lab have blades that are
too long for the handle to retract completely. Three lab employees
have experienced injuries from exposed blade tips (arrow).
Suggested corrective actions: make sure the blade is completely
retracted before storing the knife, use the proper size blade
for the knife handle, replace knives with defective retraction
mechanisms, and use care when picking up a utility knife in
case the blade is exposed.