Air Compressor Safety Checklist

Compressed Air Pressure, Compressors

and Compressed Air

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________


Needs to be Addressed

Yes N/A

Are compressors equipped with pressure relief valves, and pressure gauges?

Are compressor air intakes installed and equipped so as to ensure that only clean uncontaminated air enters the compressor?      
Are air filters installed on the compressor intake?      
Are compressors operated and lubricated in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations?      
Are safety devices on compressed air systems checked frequently?      
Before any repair work is done on the pressure system of a compressor, is the pressure bled off and the system locked-out?        
Are signs posted to warn of the automatic starting feature of the compressors?      

Is the belt drive system totally enclosed to provide protection for the front, back, top, and sides?


Is it strictly prohibited to direct compressed air toward a person?

Are employees prohibited from using highly compressed air for cleaning purposes?      

If compressed air is used for cleaning off clothing, is the pressure reduced to less than 10 psi?


When using compressed air for cleaning, do employees wear protective chip guarding and PPE (personal protective equipment)?


Are safety chains or other suitable locking devices used at couplings of high pressure hose lines where a connection failure would create a hazard?

Before compressed air is used with abrasive blast cleaning equipment, is the operating valve a type that must be held open manually?      
When compressed air is used to inflate auto ties, is a clip-on chuck and an inline regulator preset to 40 psi required?      
Is it prohibited to use compressed air to clean up or move combustible dust if such action could cause the dust to be suspended in the air and cause a fire or explosion hazard?      

This air compressor safety checklist is NOT all-inclusive. You should add to it as necessary or skip parts that are not applicable to your company.  Carefully consider each of the air compressor safety tips, and refer to OSHA compressed air regulations for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your work environment, including the standard on OSHA compressed air cleaning. This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime.

Additional economical training resources on compressed air pressure and OSHA compressed air regulations can be found here.

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