Michigan State University

Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.

Hand Tools

  • Keep light. Keep under 3 lbs if using with 1 hand and under 1 lb if doing precision work.
  • Distribution of weight should be balanced in the user’s hand.
  • Avoid twisting your hands and wrists. Keep your wrist straight. Bend the tool, not the wrist. Use angled handles or power tools when necessary.
  • Reduce excessive grip or pressure while holding or using the tools including force needed to use or turn on power tools.
  • Do not use awkward positions. Don’t raise shoulders or elbows. Reposition your work piece, stand, or lower the work surface.
  • Avoid repetitive motions. Rotate tasks.
  • Relax your grip between tasks.
  • Reduce vibrations from power tools.
  • Make sure the tool fits your hand and the handle is comfortable.
  • Use long handles with a length of 4-5.5 in and diameter of 1.5 in (example screwdriver) or .4 in precision items like tweezers.
  • Use fitted gloves.
  • Keep tools in good condition.
  • Use tool belts that are not on the body or distribute the weight over the body not just the waist. Keep it light.

Sources and More Information: