Air Compressor Safety
Air compressor safety is important when working in your facility. From installing the system to performing its routine maintenance, there are potential hazards that you and your employees should be aware of. Here are 6 tips for working safely around your compressed air system.
- Watch out for pressure ratings. Do not surpass the maximum pressure rating of any tool or equipment being used with the air compressor. Doing so can cause damage to the tool and compressed air system.
- Beware of hose whip. This happens when a hose becomes loose, allowing it to thrash about freely, which can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby. To reduce this risk, you should check the hose for punctures, make sure connections are tight, and never exceed the pressure the hose is rated for.
- Keep the area clear of debris. When blown with compressed air, dust, dirt, and other small particles will start flying. This could cause harm to anyone who may get hit with the debris.
- Wear protective equipment. Depending on the application, you may need personal protective equipment for your ears, eyes, and mouth. Make sure you have these readily available for anyone who’s working around the compressor.
- Train staff members. Only trained personnel should handle a compressed air system. Make sure each employee understands the safety protocols you’ve put in place and why they’re important to uphold—this will help keep them invested in maintaining a safe work environment.
- Don’t overlook maintenance. Regular maintenance will help keep your compressed air system in prime condition. Plus, a qualified technician will be able to identify any safety concerns so that you can address them promptly.
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