Safe Work Practice - Air Compressor

Safe Work Practice - Air Compressor

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Using an air compressor requires strict adherence to safety guidelines to prevent accidents and ensure efficient operation. Follow these Do's and Don'ts to maintain a safe working environment while using an air compressor.

Key Features:

  • Additional PPE Required:
    • Hearing Protection
    • Face Shield
    • Foam Safety Glasses
    • Whipchecks
  • Date of Creation: [Insert Date]
  • Reviewed/Revised By: [Insert Name]

General Safe Work Practices:

  • Set-Up and Inspection:

    • Ensure air compressors are placed on a stable, level surface before use. Lock wheels and use wheel chocks on sloped ground.
    • Inspect the air intake to ensure it is not exposed to contaminants such as exhaust fumes or dust.
    • Ensure air compressors are used in well-ventilated areas.
    • Always comply with the maximum loading capacity of the compressor and its attachments.
    • Check that all fittings and connections are in good condition prior to using the compressor.
  • Operation:

    • Inspect the compressor, lines, and equipment before each use. Tag out any defective equipment and report it to your supervisor immediately.
    • Check all fittings and ensure they are equipped with whip checks and safety pins before pressurizing the system.
    • Be prepared to turn off the compressor in an emergency. Know the location of the emergency shut-off switch.
    • Always have a second worker present who can turn off the valve in case of an emergency.
    • Never leave the machine running unattended. Always turn off the machine when leaving the work area.
  • Maintenance and Safety:

    • Perform regular maintenance as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Ensure hoses are in good condition and properly connected to prevent leaks and bursts.
    • Use face shields and foam back safety glasses when using an air compressor to remove debris from equipment.
  • Housekeeping:

    • Keep the work area clean and free of obstructions to prevent accidents.
    • Ensure good housekeeping practices are followed around the compressor and work area.


  • Injury Prevention: Adhering to these practices reduces the risk of injuries associated with air compressor use.
  • Operational Efficiency: Proper use and maintenance ensure efficient and safe operation.
  • Compliance: Ensures adherence to safety regulations and manufacturer guidelines, fostering a safer work environment.

Implement these safe work practices to ensure the safe and efficient use of air compressors in your workplace, minimizing the risk of accidents and promoting a culture of safety.