Federal Health and Safety Regulations

Self-Inspection List:

Pneumatic Power Tools and Hose Checklist

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Date Inspected _____________ Date Completed _____________


Needs to be Addressed

Yes N/A
Are pneumatic power tools secured to the hose or whip by some positive means, so as to prevent the tool from being accidentally disconnected?      
Are safety clips or retainers used on pneumatic impact (percussion) tools to prevent attachments from being accidentally expelled?      
Are all pneumatically driven nailers, staplers, and other similar equipment which have automatic fastener feeds and that operate at more than 100 psi pressure at the tool equipped with a safety device on the nozzle to prevent the tool from ejecting fasteners, unless the muzzle is in contact with the work surface?      
Are all compressed air hoses and hose connections designed for the pressure and service to which they are subjected?    
Is it prohibited to lower or hoist tools by the hose?      
Do all hoses (exceeding one-half inch inside diameter) have safety devices at the source of the supply or branch line, to reduce pressure in case of hose failure?      

Are airless spray guns (the type that atomizes paints and fluids at high pressure – 1,000 pounds or more per square inch) equipped with automatic or visible manual safety devices which prevent accidental release of paint or fluid?  OR

Is the airless spray gun equipped with a diffuser nut which will prevent high pressure, high velocity release while the nozzle tip is removed, plus a nozzle tip guard which will prevent the tip from coming in contact with the operator (or other equivalent protection)?



Are all fuel powered tools stopped when being refueled, serviced, or maintained?

Is all fuel transported, handled, and stored in accordance with applicable regulations?  
When fuel powered tools are used in enclosed spaces, are measures taken to prevent the build-up of toxic gases?

This OSHA/CDC pneumatic power tools and hose 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 item, and refer to OSHA federal health and safety regulations for complete and specific guidelines that may apply to your work environment. This list is typical for general industry, not construction or maritime. Additional hand and power tool safety workplace training can be found here.

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