The use of portable tools involves many hazards, but air-operated tools present
even more danger. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Division of Safety
& Hygiene offers a pre-task checklist and tips for safe use.
Before starting an air power tool:
- Check the tool for loose parts. Tighten if necessary.
- Check the air strainer in the tool. Clean if necessary.
- Lubricate the tool with a high-grade, light machine oil. Place a few drops
into the hose connection, unless an air line lubricator is being used. A few
drops every hour are required if the tool is operated continuously.
- Check all fittings for proper connection.
- Be sure the control valve is in the closed position. An open valve can
result in a whipping tool.
- Check equipment for the tool retainer device. Without it, the tool may be
ejected with force, possibly causing injury or damage to property.
- Check the provided guard equipment. Be sure it is properly installed.
- When changing tools, close the stop valve in the air supply line. Never
kink the hose to save steps or time.
Safe air tool operators are efficient workers. These operators:
- Know their tools
- Can recognize defects at a glance
- Report all defective equipment
- Do not improvise make-shift tools
- Use the guards supplied by manufacturers
- Know the danger of loose spindles in the bearings
- Can spot signs of failure in drill steel
- Check polishing and other wheels for balance before use
- Avoid using flammable or toxic solvents to clean tools
- Seek and find the safe way to care for and work with air power tools
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