Air compressors are an essential part of any construction project. Improperly handling the compressor can lead to a number of issues, such as overinflating items. Before using the compressor, review the safety rules with everyone who plans to use it.
- Wear eye protection. When using the compressor, wear eye protection gear. In the event that an item is overinflated and it explodes, the gear can protect your eyes from flying debris.
- Check the hose fittings. Before using the compressor, check the hose fittings to ensure they are secure. Loose fittings can be a safety concern.
- Use in dry areas. If possible, only use the air compressor in dry areas. Using it in wet areas can potentially lead to electrocution. It also can result in rust to the equipment, which can be damaging and lead to out-of-pocket fees to the equipment rental dealer.
- Check the outlet before use. Ensure that the outlet for the air compressor is properly grounded. If it is not, the electrical panel could be damaged, which could lead to a fire.
- Remember to use tags. If you need to make any repairs or adjustments to the air compressor, do not forget to use the safety tags. Lock out and turn off the power to the compressor to prevent accidental electrocution.
- Turn off the compressor to refuel. Before refueling the compressor, ensure that it is completely off. Wait a few minutes to allow the equipment to cool before refueling. You should allow a few minutes when refilling the oil as well.
- Never use flammable lubricants. Pneumatic tools require lubrication when connected to the compressor. Ensure that the lubricant is not flammable before applying it.
- Avoid pointing the tool near your face. A blast of air from the compressor can cause a pneumatic tool to jerk. While using a tool, be sure to keep it away from your face and body to avoid an injury from a sudden jerk.
- Check your footing. You should always stand firmly on the ground before using a tool. Always stand safely away from the compressor. However, you need to be close enough to quickly reach the shutoff valve if something happens that requires quickly turning it off.
There are many other safety guidelines that should be observed when using an air compressor. Review the operations manual and consult with the equipment rental dealer to ensure that you safely know how to operate the equipment before using it.