Top tips for air compressor safety

03/10/2019
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Air compressors are built with safety in mind, so used correctly, they should give you plenty of reliable service without any unexpected risks.

Like any industrial equipment, always know what you are dealing with – whether that means reading the manual, following on-site safety protocols, or researching a particular air compressor in more detail online.

Beyond that, here are a few more top tips for air compressor safety so you don’t run the risk of an accident or injury that could have been avoided.

1. Planned and reactive maintenance

All machinery is subject to wear and tear, so keep up with your planned maintenance of air compressors and be sure to react if you see any sign of damage or defect in between those scheduled inspections.

2. PPE

Any personal protective equipment recommended – such as gloves and goggles – should be worn when working on or close to an industrial air compressor, as an extra layer of protection against any mishaps.

3. Ventilation

Air compressors will usually include instructions for minimum ventilation gaps left on all sides and/or a way to exhaust fumes to the outdoors – all of these instructions exist to ensure the efficiency and safety of the compressor.

4. Lubrication

If your air compressor is lubricated, make sure it stays that way. This is especially important during colder weather, when the oil in the compressor can thicken and may need to be replaced with a lubricant designed to work at lower temperatures.

5. Pipeline

Be sure to check your compressed air pipeline from the compressor all the way to the point of use, looking for any leaks, condensates in the pipe, loose connections and other blockages to make sure you are getting maximum efficiency from your compressor, not to mention output that is free from contamination by water or oil.

There are many more ways to ensure air compressor safety – these are just a quick rule of thumb guide to some of the main things to look out for – but by keeping your equipment well maintained and following the safety instructions, you put yourself in the best position to avoid any accidents and injuries in the future.