Remember to always operate and maintain pneumatic tools in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. Before using a pneumatic tool, be sure to inspect the tool, hose(s), and connections. Before connecting the tool to the hose, point the hose in a safe direction and blow out to remove moisture and dirt. Universal style couplings, also known as “Chicago Couplings”, are most commonly used on hose lines connecting pneumatic tools to a compressed air source. Secure Chicago hose couplings with wire or pins to prevent them from coming undone and whipping around.
When possible install automatic excess flow valves on all airlines at the compressor or header. This will prevent whipping of the line in the event of a failure. This is especially critical in congested areas. The use of individual hose whip checks is a considered to be a good practice. Only use compressed air to blow concrete slabs and forms free of debris when other personnel are not present in the work area. Mono goggles, face shields, and dust respirators must be worn.
Remember, do not use compressed air to blow off clothing. Keep hands away from the bit, cutting, or discharge ends of pneumatic tools. Make sure hose couplings for use with pneumatic tools are not compatible with hose couplings used for breathing air. Before changing tools, turn off the pressure and remove the hose pressure through the use of the tool. Do not kink hoses to stop airflow. Always turn off the air pressure when not in use.
Equip air tools that cause a high degree of vibration with anti-vibration grips. Run air compressors in well ventilated areas. Use metatarsal protectors with jackhammers and jumping jacks. Use safety glasses and face shields with pneumatic tools such as chippers and other tools that produce flying particles. Always wear hearing protection when using pneumatic tools.
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