Contributor: Safesite HQ 2 Jurisdiction: General
Use this safety meeting to discuss air compressor safety and potential hazards of compressed air.
1. Compressed air is a focused stream of air driven at a high velocity, which can cause serious injury or death to its operator or persons in the immediate area.
2. Before starting operations, inspect the air compressor for any damage and check the plug for a ground. If the compressor isn't grounded correctly it can result in an electric shock and damage the equipment.
3. Examine all connections to check they are tight and will not come loose under pressure with soapy water.
4. When starting the machine, hold the nozzle. Maintain a grip on it during operations until you are finished. If you need to walk away from operations, turn off the supply valve.
5. Never use compressed air for cleaning equipment, clothing, or work areas as this can cause potential injuries including particles in eyes and face.
6. Never point a nozzle at a person or towards your body. Pressurized air can cut your skin and potentially cause air embolism, ruptured eardrums, and ruptured organs.
7. Keep hoses and other air tools out of walking areas to prevent tripping hazards and damage to equipment.
8. During operations, make sure that you are wearing the proper PPE. At a minimum you should have eye protection and hearing protection. Additional PPE may include respiratory protection or face shields for face protection.
9. When you are finished with operations, remove the tool from the line and turn off the valve.
10. What are ways we use air compressors in the workplace? What are some potential hazards to look out for?