Pneumatic tools, powered by compressed air, can be a useful and portable addition to electrical tools on construction sites, in industrial workshops, and at any work site where power tools are used. The air compressors that power pneumatic tools must be used correctly to ensure the safety of all workers on the job site.
Common pneumatic tools used on the job include nail guns, staple guns, drills, riveting guns, paint sprayer, sanders, grinders, wrenches, buffers, and jack hammers, but the list of available air-powered hand tools is endless.
All workers who are authorized to use pneumatic tools should be trained on safe tool operation as well as inspection, compressed air hazards, proper PPE requirements and tool storage.
Air compressors can be vulnerable to changes in moisture, temperature and position. Perform a basic safety check at the beginning of every shift or before using any pneumatic tools for the first time each work day.
Getting hit by an attachment or fastener that flies off can cause serious injury. >> Always use a safety clip or retainer to prevent attachments from being ejected during tool operation.
A hose that becomes disconnected while still under high pressure can whip around wildly and strike workers in the area. >> Ensure all hose connections are secured by positive locking devices to prevent accidental disconnection during use.
Electrical contacts within the air compressor motor or pressure switch can spark, creating a risk for fire or explosion. >> Operate air compressors in a well-ventilated area away from combustible materials.
Overheating can occur when ventilation openings on the air compressor are blocked. >> Don’t place objects on or against the air compressor that could restrict airflow.
Always wear appropriate PPE when working when pneumatic tools.
IMPORTANT: Cleaning with compressed air is dangerous. Do not use compressed air to blow debris or to clean dirt from clothes.
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.302(b)(4) and OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.242(b) Compressed air shall not be used for cleaning purposes except where reduced to less than 30 p.s.i. and then only with effective chip guarding and personal protective equipment.
Before making hose connections, fully depressurize air supply. Never connect or disconnect a pressurized hose.
Turn off the air pressure to the hose when a tool is not in use, or when changing power tools.
Hoses laid across walkways or curled on the floor in the work area creates trip hazards.
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