22.04.2004

Checklist: Using air power tools

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

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Stevens Publishing