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Compressed Air Safety Talk

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There are many uses for compressed air around shops and worksites. They can be used for a variety of power tools, spraying, and inflating purposes. Air compressors are powered by electricity, gas, or diesel and contain high-pressure energy. There are hazards to be aware of and care that should be taken when working with compressed air.

Air forced into the eye, mouth, or bloodstream can cause critical injury and even death.

Compressed air Do’s:

  • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with compressed air which can include:
    • Gloves
    • Hearing protection
    • Safety Glasses
    • Dust mask or respirator
  • Before operating an air compressor, inspect all connections and hoses to ensure they are airtight.
  • Operate an air compressor in a well-ventilated area.
  • Follow safety guidelines written by the manufacturer.
  • Hold the nozzle when turning the air on or off.
  • Inspect the equipment for any leaks and do not add any oil while the compressor is running.
  • Once the compressor is turned off ensure the air is bled out of the line and tool before disconnecting.

Compressed Air Don’ts:

  • Compressed air should never be pointed at the user or another person.
  • The hose should not be kinked to regulate pressure.
  • Compressed air should never be used for cleaning purposes.
  • Never look directly into the nozzle when connected to the hose.
  • Hoses should not be strung about causing tripping hazards.

Horseplay should be avoided in general in the workplace. However, when it comes to compressed air this could not be more important. A blast of air at this pressure can cause direct serious and even fatal injuries as well as secondary injuries such as startling someone and causing them to slip or fall.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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