Toolbox Talk Pneumatic Tools

08 Jun 2020 - Flaaim

What are pneumatic tools?

Pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air. Common types of these air-powered hand tools are road and concrete breakers, vibrating pokers and cleaning lances, most likely supplied by a tow able compressor.

How do you use pneumatic tools safely?

Firstly as with all plant you should inspect the compressor and check the oil and fuel levels daily and report and faults or maintance issues to your supervisor

As with all tools and equipment you must ensure that you wear all the appropriate PPE and RPE that has been Image: Correct Use of identified as required and you are provided such as goggles, gloves and dust masks.

Always use the whip-checks provided, in the event the claw detaches under pressure the whip check will prevent the hose flailing and causing injury

  1. Ensure that the compressed air supplied to the tool is clean and dry. Dust, moisture, and corrosive fumes can damage a tool.
  2. Keep tools clean and lubricated.
  3. Use only the attachments that the manufacturer recommends for the tools you are using, inspect the points of breakers for signs of wear and replace as required.
  4. Be careful to prevent hands, feet, or body from injury in case the machine slips or the tool breaks.
  5. Turn off the air pressure to hose when not in use or when changing power tools.
  6. Check hoses regularly for cuts, bulges and abrasions. Any found to be defective don’t use, report defective airlines to your supervisor.
  7. Ensure all connections, hose to compressor; hoses to hose and hose to tool are fitted with whip-checks before use.
  8. Avoid creating trip hazards caused by hoses laid across walkways or curled underfoot.
  9. Do not use compressed air to blow debris or to clean dirt from clothes.
  10. Ensure that your aware of the duration in which you can use the tool — HAVS
  11. Report any and all fuel leaks and spills, use spill kits to clean
  12. DON’T use damaged lines
  13. DON’T use airlines that have been used for water they can damage the tool
  14. DON’T carry/handle a pneumatic tool by its hose.
  15. DON’T use tools without whip-checks fitted.
  16. DON’T use blunt or damaged points on breakers
  17. DON’T change tools with compressed air on (crushing hoses unacceptable)
  18. DON’T leave compressor running unnecessarily
  19. DON’T leave access panels open — Noise and Nuisance issues

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