Tool Accountability And Your Tool Box

Posted on: 25 November 2017

Are you ever worried that a co-worker who "borrows" a tool will forget to bring it back? Are you even more concerned that you might not notice? One of the best ways to protect your tool investment in your box is to create a structure where everything has a defined place, also known as shadowing. The process takes a bit of time investment, but can be well worth it when it's done. Here's a look at what you should know about organizing your box so that all of your tools are accounted for at the end of the day.

Line The Drawers

The first step to the process is to line your drawers with black non-slip liners. If you use your box in an active garage, yours probably already has this. If it doesn't, invest in the liners before you go any further. They'll provide protection to the drawers and a non-slip foundation for the process.

Invest In Foam Sheets

To create the space for your tools, you'll want to start with foam sheets that are around an inch and a half or two inches thick. Buy enough of them to cover all of your drawer space, then cut each one to fit so that there's no gap between the foam and the edge of the drawer.

Organize Your Tools

Figure out what you want to put where in your box by laying your tools out on the foam. Make sure there's space around each tool, because you're going to create cut-outs. Once you know what's going where, outline each tool on the foam with a fine-tip permanent marker. That way, you can set the tools aside and create the cut-outs.

Cut The Foam

Cut out the shapes for each tool using a craft knife or similar tool. Be careful not to leave any jagged edges. You want the tools to fit nicely in the space. With each tool having its own space, you'll know instantly if something is missing just by the empty shape in the foam.

Care For Your Box

Never put dirty tools in the foam inserts. Wipe your tools down at the end of the day so that they are clean, otherwise you risk automotive fluids damaging your foam. Take time to put all of your tools away at the end of every shift so that you can quickly and easily identify when something is missing. The more proactive you are, the better results you'll have.

Contact a company, like Idaho Tool & Equipment, for more help.