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Air Compressor Safety Tips for You and Your Employees

An air compressor that is in prime form is essential to every industrial operation. For an employer though, an employee’s safety is the foremost concern. That is why it is important that you operate in accordance to a comprehensive set of safety measures. This applies especially to the use of air compressors and other high-powered machinery.
Here are some safety tips that you can teach your employees who use air compressors:
Avoid inhalation of intake air. It contains carbon monoxide and numerous pollutants that can be dangerous to your health. Ensure clean, natural, and breathable air in your workspace.
Make sure that all pneumatic tools receive air at high pressure. Do not eliminate or alter a relief valve on a compressor. They are placed strategically so for your safety.
Lubricate your pneumatic tools for maximum efficiency too. It is wise to double check, though, that a lubricant is non-flammable before you use it.
Never let a tank go rusty. Rusty tanks are more likely to combust- putting everyone near it in danger. For safety reasons, keep tanks drained on a day to day basis. Rusty tanks do not need repair, they need replacements.
Position yourself firmly on the ground and be mindful of active pieces of your compressor that can be unpredictable. It is better to be at a safe distance from running parts of a machinery in case any abrupt movement changes cause problems.
Never place your hand near the end of a pneumatic tool in use as this could prove hazardous. For the same reason, make sure that no part of your hair, clothing, or accessory gets close to working parts of a running equipment.
Keep cords and hoses from the floor. They are not to be left hanging in places where there might be danger of people tripping and getting injured or cutting off power supplies. It is better to have them suspended overhead, if possible.
Make use of a nozzle when using shop air for cleaning and exceeding 15psi. Remember that compressed air is not suitable for cleaning human skin or even clothing.
In case of a hose malfunction, prevent whipping using either of the two applications: an air fuse installed in the hose upstream, or a whip-inhibiting device placed along the coupling.
Before any installation, removal, or other maintenance service is done, do check if the source of air is shut off, air pressure has bled, and the air hose disengaged.
Whenever working with compressed air, the shutoff valve should always be visible and within your reach.
There are, of course, some safety tips that should apply in any industry, like wearing protective gear for ears and eyes and reading the manual included in your equipment. More importantly though, make use of your common sense and maintain presence of mind in any working environment.

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