Compressed air can be extremely dangerous if not used in a safe manner.
To reduce the risk of injury, it is recommended that the following guidelines are considered and implemented:
1. Never apply compressed air to the skin or direct it at a person
Even air at a pressure of 15 psi can cause serious injury. Never use a compressed air hose to clean dirt or dust from your clothing or body.
2. When using compressed air for cleaning purposes, ensure pressure does not exceed 30 psi (per OSHA regulations)
Always use goggles or a face shield over approved safety glasses for this application.
3. Wear ear protection
Exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing. Noise reducing mufflers can be fitted to machines to lessen the noise health hazard.
4. Never crimp, couple, or uncouple pressurized hose
Shut off valves and bleed down pressure before making any hose connections.
5. Use heavy duty clamps and fittings made especially for compressed air hose
Use only the correct type and size of hose end fittings and connectors.
6. Never use frayed, damaged or deteriorated hoses
Always store hoses properly and away from direct sunlight. A hose failure can cause serious injury. Hose reels can decrease your chances of injury, as well as help hoses last longer.
7. When blowing compressed air through a hose or airline, ensure open end is held securely
A free end can whip and can cause injury. Open the supply valve carefully and ensure that any ejected particles are restrained. A blocked hose can become a dangerous “air gun”.
8. Keep compressors regularly serviced
Keeping up to date with your compressor’s servicing schedule ensures air quality is controlled, and reduces the risk of over pressure, and component failure.
9. Do not use air directly from a compressor for breathing purposes
Only do so if the system has been specifically designed for such purpose, and suitable breathing air filters and regulators are in place.
10. Isolating valves should be of the self venting type and designed to be locking in the “off” position
This ensures that air pressure cannot be applied accidentally while the machine is being worked on.
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