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Safety Reminders for Handling Pressurized Air Equipment

Working with air compressors and the handheld tools that come along with it may get the job done quicker, but there are some potential risks in using them without taking proper safety measures. Air compressors powering pneumatic tools are powerful enough to cause serious damage when not used carefully, so don’t take safety reminders for granted.

Banner, Work Safety Tips When Using Air Compressors

When handling any type of industrial equipment, it is important to keep in mind some general safety reminders. Wearing the proper equipment, checking your surroundings, and not leaving your tools unattended are those things that can easily be overlooked if you’re not being careful. Still, they can make all the difference in preventing any sort of possible harm to you or your surroundings.

There are definitely a couple more safety steps to take to keep everything under control. Read more about work safety tips for air compressors and then scroll down to take advantage of this infographic that lists down all the important work safety tips that you have to be mindful of at all times when air compressors are used in the workplace.

Air Compressor, Guages

General Safety Reminders

When using any form of industrial equipment, including air compressors and pneumatic tools, it is important to remember these safety guidelines.

  • Wear appropriate PPE, which might include safety goggles, industrial gloves and hearing protection.
  • Keep your environment cool to prevent machines from overheating.
  • Use a self-retracting cord to avoid tripping accidents.
  • Keep spaces near exits clear of obstruction.
  • Learn how to use the equipment properly before operating such machinery.
Air Compressor Guage

Work Safety Tips When Using Air Compressors

Take It Outside Unless electrically powered, air compressors have to be used outside. Diesel air tools emit carbon monoxide, which is highly toxic. If the air compressor model is made for indoor use keep it away from moist or wet environments.

Inspect Your Machine Always inspect your air compressor before turning it on for any dirt or rust that may have accumulated. Low-pressure air compressors discharge up to 151 psi, medium-pressure compressors discharge 151 to 1,000 psi and high-pressure compressors discharge over 1,000 psi.


Check the Hose Make sure that the air hose won’t kink or bend. Also, check if they are properly connected. This will affect the performance of the machine. And don’t leave them on the floor, else they become a tripping hazard.

Make Maintenance a Priority Make it a habit to check for any leaks, whether air or oil, before turning it on. Small leaks can still lead your machines to blow. Ensure a qualified technician repairs the machine before it is used again.

Close-up, Valve, Hose

Turn It Off When:

  • installing, removing, fine-tuning, or doing any kind of maintenance on connected powered tools
  • a tool malfunctions
  • the tool is not in use

Keep It Clean Always have your air compressor checked every now and then. Maintenance helps keep the machine from being prone to combustion.

These safety tips for air compressors are available in a great infographic provided by Compresstech Resources. Scroll down to view the entire infographic to download.


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