Air Compressor Safety Tips

It's really important to look after yourself, others around you, and your air compressor equipment; so have a look at our SGS Engineering Air Compressor Safety Tips below.

For the longevity of your air compressor


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Before starting any maintenance on your compressor, always be sure that the pressure is released from the air tank, and that the compressor is disconnected from any electrical supply.

Do not leave pressure in the tank overnight, or when transporting.

Do not operate in a wet or damp environment. Keep your compressor dry at all times. Having clean air will allow your compressor to work optimally. Do not use in dusty or dirty locations.

Always make sure the pressure regulator is set to the recommended setting for the air tool being used.

Do not over flex electrical cables and make sure that air hoses are not kinked or wrapped around the compressor. Do not use an extension power cord either to power the compressor unit; use air hose extensions instead.

For your own safety whilst operating an air compressor


Do not aim a jet of air at people or animals, as it’s extremely hazardous and do not put compressed air against the skin, you would be at serious risk of injecting yourself with compressed air and/or liquid product, which can be deadly.

Do not operate your compressor with the compressor motor guard removed; the compressor motor gets very hot during use.

Do not adjust, or tamper with the safety valves. The maximum pressure is factory set, and clearly marked on the compressor.

Metal parts will become quite hot during operation. Do not touch and/or perform any maintenance on these until the compressor has cooled down.

If spraying flammable materials e.g. cellulose paint, make sure that there is plenty of airflow in your working environment, and do not have any naked flames/source of ignition.

Before spraying any material, be sure to consult paint manufacturer’s product instructions and any labels for safety and usage.

Always protect yourself. Goggles will protect your eyes from flying particles. Dust masks will give you adequate protection against paint spray and fumes.

Be mindful of changing hoses during operation, as the air escapes at a rapid rate.

Always ensure that children and animals are kept at an adequate distance from the compressor and any air tool equipment attached to it.

Always ensure that all individuals using the compressor have had the necessary training and have read and fully understand these operating instructions.

Make sure that any air tools used with your compressor, has a safe working pressure going above that of the compressor.

Be careful when transporting the compressor to prevent tipping it over, which could cause injury to yourself and/or damage to the compressor unit, and may also spill compressor oil.

These compressors produce noise levels in excess of 70dB(A). Always ensure the operator of the compressor and people working nearby use hearing protection.

Always use proper manual handling techniques, as compressors can be very heavy- remember to lift with your legs instead of your back.

Never use a compressor as an air supply e.g for diving or for pressuring decompression chambers, it is not suitable for that purpose.

Be extremely careful when using hazardous spraying products such as stucco, warnex, insecticides etc- as these produce extremely hazardous vapours. Use an industrial extractor where possible.

Be mindful of the air pressure gauges, if the air safety valve fails to work and the gauge goes into the red, switch off the power supply and retreat to a safe distance. Never make alterations to compressor safety features.

Always ensure your compressor is properly earthed. Power the compressor from a socket that has earth fault protection.

Keep flammable spraying products away from the compressor unit, as the compressor gets very hot.

Keep your fingers away from any moving parts.

Serious injury can occur from flying particles such as coagulated paints coming out of a spray gun etc, never point a compressor tool at yourself or anyone else.

It is advised to get your compressor unit electrically tested annually, to ensure that it will pose no electrical risk during its operation.

Be careful with compressor oil, as it can stain yourself and/or flooring. When disposing any compressor oil, do so at a proper facility that can handle such hazardous waste.