How to Use Pneumatic Tools Safely

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When working with pneumatic tools, what are the reminders in handling them safely?

Supplied by an air compressor, pneumatic equipment tools are power tools driven by compressed air that is supplied by an air compressor. Carbon dioxide can also be compressed and stored in cylinders to make it portable. Most tools use the pneumatic motor to convert the compressed air to work.

They are also safer compared to electric power tools. They are safer to maintain without high-circuit electrocution and risk of sparks. It is smaller and lighter with a higher power to weight ratio that accomplishes the same tasks. In cases where the tools are overloaded or jammed, they have the less possibility to self-destruct.

Some tools that are cheaper and disposable are called general grade while the ones that are expensive and have long lives are industrial grades.

To avoid any accident in using pneumatic tools, here are the guidelines for safety:

Good condition

Inspect them thoroughly and keep the tools in good operating condition. Pay particular attention to the on and of control valves, guide clips, hose connections, and chunks of reamers.

Manufacturer’s instruction

You should review the manufacturer’s instruction before using the tool for your safety. There might be a feature or additional instruction given in using the said tool.

Personal protective devices

Remember to use pieces of equipment for safety such as goggles or safety glasses, face shields, shoes, boots, and even some hearing protection.


Post the warning signs where the pneumatic tools are used. The screens and shields should be in the areas where workers nearby may be exposed to chips, excessive noise, dust, or flying fragments. Make sure that prior to opening the valve, no one is standing in the path of the airflow.


To increase the life of the tool, make sure that the compressed air supplied is clean and dry. Corrosive fumes, dust and moisture can damage the tools. You can also regulate the lubricator and filter to extend the tools life based on the recommendation of the manufacturer. Read this on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Be careful

Make sure that you are vigilant enough to take precautions in keeping your feet, hands, and body from injury in case the tool breaks, or slips. Lay them down in a manner that no harm can be done in case the switch is tripped accidentally. Avoid leaving idle tools in a standing position.


Supporting the heavy tools can reduce the fatigue physically. This action counterbalances and aids you from overworking.

The tool

Remember to open the control valve for a moment before connecting the hose the outlet of compressed air. Make sure it is dry and clear from foreign materials.

Make sure that the air hose is suitable for the pressure required for the tool. A defective hose could cause damage. Hoses should not be laid over ladders walkways doorways, or anywhere normally passed by people to avoid tripping hazards.

To avoid accidents, the instructions should be reviewed. Ask for any assistance when you feel uncertain about using any pneumatic tools. It helps to observe first and determine safety precautions than foregoing unexplored skills.

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