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Following These Air Compression Safety Tips Can Save Your Workers and Your Business

June 9, 2017

Industrial AC Repair

The last thing you want, for your workers and yourself, is to be hurt on the job. If you work around heavy machinery, safety should be the first, next, and last thing you think about.

Air Compression Safety is Paramount

When you use high-powered machinery like air compressors, awareness is key. Even short moments of carelessness or mishandling can be risky. Taking safety measures not only keeps your employees safe and sound, it also decreases the likelihood that your machinery will be damaged. In short, sticking to safety measures is good business.

The most important piece of advice you should follow is this: Use common sense. Don’t approach a piece of machinery if you don’t know what you’re doing. Make sure you’ve got the proper training and you’re wearing the right protective gear. Check your ventilation, and check your environment! Do you have clean air to breathe? Is there anyone standing too close to a dangerous piece of machinery? Is your area clear of obstructions? Taking precautions before you begin to work will help you feel confident on the factory floor.

The Following Air Compression Safety Tips can Help …

  • Before you activate a pneumatic tool, make sure all parts are clean and connected firmly to your source of air. If a part is fitted loosely, it may cause injury. Also, keep an eye on your equipment’s lubrication requirements. It’s wise to apply the recommended lubrication for your machine. However, try to avoid any lubricants that might be flammable.
  • Check the pressure! If a machine runs over the maximum pressure rating, it could cause injury to your employees and damage to your equipment.
  • Before you begin work, make sure there is a shutoff valve within reach and that clothing and hair are out of reach. Again, common sense is the best policy here. You shouldn’t put your hands or face anywhere close to the end of a working machine. You should also stand in a firmly grounded place and keep an eye on the work environment.
  • Keep all hoses and cords off the factory floor. If possible, suspend them overhead. This will help you avoid trips or disruptions due to a disconnected cord.
  • Remember, these machines can generate static energy, so they need to be grounded, especially if there are flammable materials around. In addition, keep your machinery in good order by wiping grease or oil off the air hoses.

Keep Equipment Clean and in Good Repair

Your machinery needs to be cleaned regularly. When doing so, follow these guidelines to ensure proper safety:

  • Disconnect your machine from its power source or lock open the compressor’s electrical switch so that it doesn’t start up by mistake. Bleed the air pressure and disengage the air hose before you clean, fine-tune, or do any sort of maintenance to your machine. Finally, purge the air system after each cleaning.
  • If your air compressor unit has been designed for indoor use, do not expose it to wet environments. In fact, one of the most dangerous things you can do to a piece of machinery is to allow it to rust. Drain your tank on a daily basis. If the tank has already rusted, it’s time to replace it.

Air compressors are valuable tools, but they do come along with certain risks . Give your equipment the respect it deserves so that it will work reliably for your business.

Bi-State Compressor, Inc.
1571 Fenpark Drive
Fenton, Missouri 63026

Phone: (636) 349-8333
Fax: (636) 349-1411

Should the need ever arise, we offer 24 hour emergency service.

Rental units are also in stock, available for immediate hook-up.