Air hoses are usually of different types and are used for different activities. One of their uses is in transferring compressed air. Safety when using compressed air is crucial since it can lead to harm when used carelessly. And because compressed air is very usefully especially in workplaces, guidelines are put in place to ensure proper use.
- Air hose should be kept off the ground where possible since it can trip someone or be damaged by vehicles.
- Ensure that no unused air hoses are laying carelessly on floors.
- Ensure that there is no sharp object in contact with the hose to avoid pricking.
- In case the hose has been stuck in a corner, it should be guided clearly and avoid pulling it to ensure that its free. Such will cause damage to the hose.
Instructions for use.
- Ensure that the hose is not damaged and that the gas hose fittings are also okay. The quick connect should even be seated appropriately.
- After use, the hose should be coiled without kinks and hung over a broad surface. That is if the area doesn’t have a self-retracting reel.
- For the industrial hose connectors, dust should be captured at the source by LEV to ensure dust is not spread over a wide area. This is to decrease the risk of explosives and fire that arises from air born dust.
- Protecting the face by wearing a face shield or goggles should be compulsory. Failure will cause extreme damage to parts of the face like eyes.
- Aiming the hose at yourself or someone else should be the LAST thing you can do.
- Approved hose fittings should be used because they can decrease the high speed of compressed air to safe, usable levels.
- Avoid any contact with compressed air because it can penetrate and cause internal injuries and extreme pain.
- Compressed air should not be used in cleaning clothes or people.
- Proper protective equipment is a compulsory, especially for the industrial hose connectors. Regular work clothing should not be regarded as a protection against compressed air.
- Protection of eyes is vital since a 12 PSI power can blow out an eye from its socket.
- The respiratory system should be protected by considering the type of material that one is working with.
- Ensure that hoses are rated and that they can meet the maximum operating pressure of the equipment.
- Compressed air set above 30 PSI should not be used in case one has to use it for cleaning. A working chip for control should also be available.
- An air hose should NOT be used to clean dust off someone in any situation.
- Avoid blasts of air or flying particles since they can cause injuries to the eyes or ears and this can lead to partial or total damage to the organs.
In as much as compressed air is significant and of help especially in the industrial sector, it can also cause extreme injuries. Several cases have been reported of such injuries, and most cases can be fatal and lead to death.