Compressed Air Safety

Follow our simple guidelines on compressed air safety and you will get the best from your system. Your air compressor is a tough and versatile source of power but you do need to treat it with respect.

Please read and follow these important safety guidelines.

You need to use your compressor in a suitable place where it is well ventilated and the ambient temperature is between 0°C and +40°C. You also need to operate it somewhere that is free from dust, acids, vapours, explosive or flammable gases, rain or snow.

Do

  • Make sure that the mains supply you are using to run your compressor complies with current safety regulations and is correctly earthed.
  • Always use the carrying handle to transport your portable compressor.
  • Always leave sufficient space (at least 5 meters) between the compressor and the work area. This is particularly important if you are using tools for spraying of liquids.
  • Always put your compressor on a stable surface.
  • Always wear goggles to protect your eyes from flying objects that may be lifted by the jet of air.
  • Keep children and animals at a safe distance from the work area.

Don’t

  • Don’t expose your compressor to the weather (rain, sun, fog or snow).
  • Never clean the machine with liquids or solvents. When you clean it, switch it off and pull out the plug to disconnect the machine from the electricity supply; then wipe it with a damp cloth.
  • Don’t use adaptors, multiple sockets and extensions, even if they appear to have a suitable capacity. Even a cable with a cross-section area of 2.5 mm is not appropriate for air compressors. Instead, you must use a longer air hose.
  • Don’t use your compressor for anything other than compressing air. This is what it is designed for and it must never be used for any other type of gas.
  • Never direct the jet of air towards people or animals or your body.
  • Don’t use the appliance if you have bare feet or wet hands or feet.
  • Never direct the jet of water or other materials sprayed by tools connected to the compressor towards the compressor.
  • DIY compressors must not be used for pharmaceutical, food or sanitary purposes.
  • Don’t use your compressor for filling the air bottles of scuba divers

When using compressed air, you must know and comply with the safety precautions to be adopted for the single applications (inflating, pneumatic tools, painting, washing with water based detergents only, etc.)