17 Oct 2017

SAFETY
DO's & DON'ts

Avoid potential injuries with health and safety standards

Compressed air is a safe, reliable form of energy. It is flexible, odourless and non-toxic, but it can be dangerous if not used responsibly. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the employer has a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. So here are some safety “do’s and don’ts” prepared by British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) for all employees dealing with compressed air.



Working Safely with Compressed Air

DO's:

  • Take care, compressed air injected into the skin at any pressure can kill
  • Wear personal protective equipment where required, e.g. glasses, ear defenders
  • Check hoses on air tools for cracks or loose connections
  • Make sure you have proper training on all pneumatic equipment you use
  • Report any hazards or unsafe practices
  • Remember that everyone, including you, has a responsibility for safety

DON’ts:

  • Point a compressed air jet at any part of anyone’s body
  • Lock the end of a blow gun even if it has a cut-out safety mechanism
  • Use compressed air for general cleaning purposes such as work benches or clothes
  • Interfere or tamper with any safety devices fitted to equipment
  • Use pneumatic equipment unless you have been trained
  • Use blow guns without personal protective equipment even at 2 bar

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