Safety Tip of the Week – Air Compressor Safety

Compressed air is a valuable utility and a safe power source when used properly. As with any other energy- carrying power source, compressed air should be regarded with caution and handled with care to avoid accidents and user injury.

General Safety Requirements for Compressed Air:

  • All pipes, hoses, and fittings must have a rating of the maximum pressure of the compressor.
    • Compressed air pipelines should be identified (psi) as to maximum working pressure.
  • Air supply shutoff valves should be located (as near as possible) at the point-of-operation.
  • Air hoses should be kept free of grease and oil to reduce the possibility of deterioration.
  • Hoses should not be strung across floors or aisles where they are liable to cause personnel to trip and fall.
    • When possible, air supply hoses should be suspended overhead, or otherwise located to afford efficient access and protection against damage.
  • Hose ends must be secured to prevent whipping if an accidental cut or break occurs.
  • Before a pneumatic tool is disconnected (unless it has quick disconnect plugs), the air supply must be turned off at the control valve and the tool bled.
  • Compressed air must not be used under any circumstances to clean dirt and dust from clothing or off a person’s skin.

Shop air used for cleaning should be regulated to 15 psi unless equipped with diffuser nozzles to provide less pressure.

  • Goggles, face shields or other eye protection must be worn by personnel using compressed air for cleaning equipment.
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