Safety is one of the primary concerns of any working environment, whether it’s in a construction or factory setting. You want to ensure your employees are safe at all times, avoid injuries, and know that your workforce is always intact with high morale. Safety measures also decrease the possibility of machinery getting damaged or broken. Your company is less likely to endure unexpected down times or incur costly repairs or replacements when you operate according to a practical set of safety measures.
When operating high-powered machinery such as an air pressure tank and other impact tools that utilize air pressure, even the smallest mishandling can cause damage to the pressure tank itself, as well as to any connected or nearby parts. It’s important to read instruction manuals provided by the air pressure tank manufacturers fully, so you and your team can fully understand how to handle, activate, and operate any machinery. Even though such manuals can sometimes seem pedantic and convoluted, they contain a wealth of information that will keep your work team safe. Reading the manuals also helps to ensure that each piece of equipment remains in optimal working condition for the longest possible time. There are also a number of shorter and more concise measures that you can follow to maintain general safety standards on your worksite.
The machine and its peripheral equipment should only be handled and maintained by skilled, qualified personnel. Intake air should never be inhaled because it generally contains pollutants and carbon monoxide that can be hazardous to your health. For these reasons and more, it’s essential to keep your workspace circulated with clean, natural air at all times. Monitor the air compressor’s voltage. If any repairs are needed, lock-out, un-power the machine and bleed the tank’s pressure. If you have an air compressor that has been designed primarily for indoor operations, don’t allow it to be in outdoor conditions exposed to, rain or wet environments. For optimal function, pneumatic tools must receive air at high pressure. It’s never wise to alter, eliminate, or evade a relief valve on a compressor because they’re strategically placed to help ensure your safety during operations. One of the most dangerous possibilities in a work setting is to allow a tank to become rusty. This will make it more likely to combust. This situation could put anyone near the tank in grave danger. For obvious reasons, it’s crucial to keep the tank drained with the underside valve on a day-to-day basis. In any case, don’t try to repair a rusted tank. Once rusting has occurred, the tank is due for a replacement.
If you work in an environment that’s prone to high temperatures, there are steps that can be taken to decrease moisture in the air. Try to increase the air circulation within your work area. Also, consider operating the compressor for longer durations, or setting up a peripheral crankcase heater. Adding a dryer to the system will also remove moisture. If there’s an electric drain valve on your air compressor, keep that part of the unit no less than a foot and a half off the ground. Electric drain valves can’t be anywhere near moisture because they come equipped with sparking parts. Don’t refuel your air compressor when it’s currently activated or has been shut off for only a short time. Refuels and oil changes should only be done when the machine is cool. Before you power on the air compressor, make sure no tools have been pulled at the trigger. Only plug your air compressor into an outlet with the proper grounding. If an outlet isn’t grounded properly, it could damage the electrical circuitry of the machine and potentially ignite flames.