Compressed air is quite handy around a work area, but it can be dangerous if not used properly.
Dangers of Compressed Air:
- A blast of air under 40 p.s.i from 4 inches away can rupture an eardrum or cause brain damage.
- As little as 12 p.s.i can pop an eyeball from its socket.
- Air can enter the navel, even through a layer of clothing, and inflate and rupture the intestines.
- Directed at the mouth, compressed air can rupture the lungs.
The following guidelines will reduce the risk of injury when using compressed air:
- Examine all hoses, connections, and equipment to see that they are in good condition before turning the pressure on.
- Never point the air hose nozzle at any part of your body or at any other person.
- Never look into the end of a compressed air device.
- Never use compressed air to blow dust or dirt off clothing or body parts.
- No horseplay with air hose.
- Never kink the hose to stop airflow – turn it off at the control valve.
- When using air for cleaning, make sure the pressure is no higher than 30 p.s.i.
- Always wear eye protection when using compressed air.