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Air Powered Tool Safety Danger of getting hit by the tools attachments Never remove a guard Hoses & connections can fail Use whip restraints or quick connections.

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1 Air Powered Tool Safety Danger of getting hit by the tools attachments Never remove a guard Hoses & connections can fail Use whip restraints or quick connections

2 Air Powered Tool Safety Even 30 psi compressed air can penetrate the flesh or eyes. If there is a break in the skin, air can be driven into tissue. Bubbles of air in blood vessels can be serious or fatal

3 Air Powered Tool Safety SAFETY MEETING TOPIC PLANT/MSHA ID#: CREW:SUPERVISOR:(Print Name)DATE & TIME:(TIME OF MTG i.e., 15 MINUTES, ETC.) TOPIC:Blow-Off Stations What are the hazards of using compressed air? First, compressed air is extremely forceful. Depending on its pressure, compressed air can dislodge particles. These particles are a danger since they can enter your eyes or get under your skin. The possible danger would depend on the size, weight, shape, composition, and speed of the particles. There have also been reports of hearing damage caused by the pressure of compressed air and by its sound. Second, compressed air itself is also a serious hazard. On rare occasions, some of the compressed air can enter the blood stream through a break in the skin or through a body opening. An air bubble in the blood stream is known medically as an embolism, a dangerous medical condition in which a blood vessel is blocked, in this case, by an air bubble. An embolism of an artery can cause coma, paralysis or death depending upon its size, duration and location. While air embolisms are usually associated with incorrect diving procedures, they are possible with compressed air due to high pressure. While this seems improbable, the consequences of even a small quantity of air or other gas in the blood can quickly be fatal. Unfortanately, horseplay has been a cause of some serious workplace accidents by individuals not aware of the hazards of compressed air, or proper work procedures.

4 Air Powered Tool Safety Can I use compressed air to blow off my clothes? Under MSHA 30 CFR 56.13020 Use of Compressed Air: At no time shall compressed air be directed toward a person. When compressed air is used, all necessary precautions shall be taken to protect persons from injury. August, 1988 we received notification from Mine Safety and Health (MSHA) that our petition for Modification on the use of blow-off stations was granted. With this approval came conditions which we are required to follow and maintain. They are: The Blow-off nozzle shall produce less than 10 psi pressure. The use of a blow-off hose nozzle to clean clothing shall be restricted to an outside area well away from other persons, of if indoors, restricted to a totally enclosed booth equipped with a downdraft exhaust ventilation dust collector system. The following rules are to be posted at each station and adhered to: Blow-off stations are to be used for cleaning clothes only. Do not point nozzles at any person. Horseplay is expressly forbidden while using the cleaning station. Hard hats, safety glasses with side shields or goggles and respirators must be worn while cleaning clothing. Do not direct air at the face or hair. The nozzle shall be used from the shoulder downwards. The nozzle blow-off stations is a safety device for your protection. No person shall at any time disconnect, remove or disable the nozzle, except during tests, inspections or maintenance. Compressed iar, other than at the blow-off stations with the nozzle shall not be used for cleaning clothing. Report any unsafe conditions of the blow-off station to your supervisor immediately. Failure to use the blow-off station as instructed will result in disciplinary action. In order to maintain our modification/variance of this standard, we MUST adhere to all the above rules when utilizing blow- off stations. We have numerous blow-off stations throughout the plant, if you come across a station that does not have the required signage (rules as listed above) posted near it or you experience some problems with the nozzle, please inform your supervisor so appropriate action can be taken to resolve the problem. REMEMBER - - Obey all the rules and make sure you take the necessary safety precautions to protect yourself. Wear the appropriate PPE – Safety glasses and/or goggles, respirator and hearing protection.

5 Air Powered Tool Safety A blast of compressed air can easily burst an eardrum Never direct compressed air towards yourself or others

6 Air Powered Tool Safety Eye protection is required and face protection is recommended Noise is a hazard and proper protection should be used

7 Box Cutter Safety The rule of not cutting towards yourself is next to impossible when using this tool. You must be certain that no body parts are in the line of fire should the blade slip. X

8 The Gator Knife Use it instead of a box cutter when splicing belts. It is less likely to slip and will cut in both directions

9 Safety Cutter Cutter is spring loaded to automatically retract when the blade contact is lost. An automatic response is a good safe guard against a serious accident.


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