Unfortunately, accidents caused by improper use of compressed air happen far too often. All industries face safety risks, and management is responsible for taking the necessary precautions to properly protect workers. Safe, appropriate use of compressed air products can help reduce injuries in the workplace and improve overall productivity.
Prevention in the Workplace
Compressed air is more dangerous than you think. Therefore no one should use compressed air unless they are properly trained.
Many workplace injuries or fatalities can be prevented when workers know how to prevent them. To help you promote prevention, we have elaborated a printable poster presenting the “12 Rules for Safe Use of Compressed Air.”
12 Rules for Safe Use of Compressed Air
- Use compressed air only for its intended purpose and in the way intended.
- Before using compressed air, inspect equipment, hoses and fittings for damage or faults. Immediately report any issues to your supervisor.
- Do not let air lines cross traffic areas (risk of tripping and rupture).
- Install a safety valve for each air hose to prevent dangerous hose whip in the event of hose failure.
- Never direct a stream of air at your own body or another person (including for cleaning, cooling or joking around). It can cause serious injury. Never joke around with compressed air (or air tools).
- Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for eyes, face, and ears.
- Do not use compressed air to clean yourself. Use a safety vacuum cleaning unit instead.
- Reduce excessive noise using air mufflers and silent blow guns.
- Keep hoses clean of greases and oil and store hoses neatly, away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Use hose reels to reduce the risk of injury and extend the service life of hoses.
- Before changing air tools or making air hose connections, shut off valves and bleed down pressure. Use safety quick couplers with a 2-step disconnection system.
- Isolating valves should be of the self-venting type and designed for lockout in the OFF position so that air pressure cannot be applied accidentally during maintenance.
- Never alter or install a safety relief valve that has a higher PSIG than the pressure vessel rating to which it is installed.
Print copies of the poster and place them at your workplace in strategic locations.
> Download a copy of the poster (PDF)
Safety and prevention solutions for compressed air
To make your life easier, we have created a brochure covering Topring’s various prevention and safety solutions.
There are many safety and prevention solutions in compressed air. To be sure not to forget any of them we have created a brochure covering Topring’s various prevention and safety solutions. They are classified according to the problems linked to compressed air. These will help you keep your employees and your workplace safe. In this brochure, you will therefore find our full range of products for:
- Blowing and cleaning with compressed air
- Safe tool connection
- Prevention of hose whip
- Preset valves and regulators
- Safe air hose storage
- Lockout shutoff valves
- Hearing health and noise reduction
- Tool balancers
- Safe condensate disposal
Take inventory of your safety solutions and consult our brochure to see what could make your workplace safer.
> Download the brochure (PDF)
For more information or for help choosing safety and prevention solutions, contact a Technical Advisor at 1-800-263-8677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.