Ask the Expert: How important are OSHA regulations in the automotive aftermarket when using compressed air to power handheld and portable tools?

Q: How important are the OSHA regulations in the automotive aftermarket when using compressed air to power handheld and portable tools?

A: OSHA is very active in the automotive market. Federal-level citations specifically within the automotive repair market for OSHA standard 1910.242 (hand and portable power tools and equipment) total over $9,000. For OSHA standard 1910.95 (occupational noise exposure), citations total over $5,000. 

State- level OSHA citations have followed suit.  Between the period of October 2012 and September 2013 – a combined $4,900 in fines were issued for OSHA standard 1910.242. There was an additional $750+ for penalties relayed to OSHA standard 1910.95.

It's important to understand the correct regulations in place, for the safety of all employees. 

(Read more information on OSHA regulations regarding the correct pressure (psi) and chip-guarding, for safety air guns.

Information provided by: Guardair Corp. 

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