Purpose: This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
Guidelines: Compressed air, air tools and compressed air lines and fittings are capable of causing severe injuries, damage and death if not operated safely.
- Ensure that air lines are turned off and pressure relieved before connecting or disconnecting tools and fittings
- Ensure that all connectors are CSA approved pressure relief fittings
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment including a minimum of eye protection, face shields and hearing protection when working in and around the equipment
- Notify employees in the area of the hazard when using this equipment, or restrict access to the work area
- Ensure that the area (blow out or debris flying areas) are clear prior to use
- Inspect hoses and fittings regularly for defects or damage
- Report any equipment defects to the supervisor immediately, and ensure the equipment is taken out of service
- Ensure that the pressure regulator and relief device is in use
- Use the correct hoses and fittings for the anticipated pressures
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of the system, tools and safeguards
- Do not use the compressed air to blow off clothing, skin or hair
- Do not use the compressed air tools other than for their intended use
- Do not operate a compressed air system above its recommended pressure
- Never bypass safety systems or modify a compressed air system or tool
- Do not allow loose clothing or other materials near rotating shafts or equipment
- Do not use oils or lubricants that are not approved for the equipment
General: It is an OFFENCE under the YOH&SR Part 4.09 (3) to point a compressed air tool or hose to direct an air stream at a person. Employees will ensure that compressed air systems are used for their intended purpose and that pre-use inspection is completed prior to use.