17 Oct 2017

DO's & DON'ts

Avoid potential injuries with health and safety standards

Compressed air is a safe, reliable form of energy. It is flexible, odourless and non-toxic, but it can be dangerous if not used responsibly. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the employer has a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. So here are some safety “do’s and don’ts” prepared by British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) for all employees dealing with compressed air.

Working Safely with Compressed Air


  • Take care, compressed air injected into the skin at any pressure can kill
  • Wear personal protective equipment where required, e.g. glasses, ear defenders
  • Check hoses on air tools for cracks or loose connections
  • Make sure you have proper training on all pneumatic equipment you use
  • Report any hazards or unsafe practices
  • Remember that everyone, including you, has a responsibility for safety


  • Point a compressed air jet at any part of anyone’s body
  • Lock the end of a blow gun even if it has a cut-out safety mechanism
  • Use compressed air for general cleaning purposes such as work benches or clothes
  • Interfere or tamper with any safety devices fitted to equipment
  • Use pneumatic equipment unless you have been trained
  • Use blow guns without personal protective equipment even at 2 bar

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