SAFE SYSTEM OF WORK for Authorised Users Compressed Air (CA)
Hazards Potential Harm PPE
Embolism caused by CA Death
piercing skin and entering
Objects/particles blown into Injury to/ loss of eye(s) Safety glasses
Slips, trips and falls over airline Broken bones Safety Shoes
Injury to another person in the
Safe Working Practices
Use eye wear with side shields.
Wear protective clothing gloves and ear protection (if deemed necessary).
Ensure that there is only one airline in the immediate area when using CA.
Disconnect any tools from the hose when changing parts.
Turn the hose off at the valve to stop it instead of trying to kink the hose.
Make sure that the air tool is properly attached to the hose before using it.
Know who to report any suspected defects to.
Ensure that the hose doesn’t come into contact with sharp edges and get torn.
Keep the cylinders closed with any caps in place when not in use.
Eye protection is worn by anyone within 7 metres of an airline user.
Personnel Must Never:
Aim CA at themselves or at another person.
Wear loose clothing, jewellery or have long hair loose, as it can be blown into machinery.
Use CA to clean down their clothing as air can enter the body via a small cut.
Engage in horseplay or any practical jokes involving CA.
Allow kinks to get into the hose when coiling it after use.
Let hoses cross walkways as they can become damaged or create a trip hazard.
Lift air tools by the cord.
Use CA to transfer flammable liquids.
Leave out an airline – it must be put away to avoid causing a trip hazard.
Use an airline without a trigger nozzle or similar
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