Ask the Expert: What are some common misconceptions with understanding OSHA standards?

April 4, 2014
Having the right air nozzle can determine if your shop meets OSHA safety standards.

Q: Do most technicians and shops understand OSHA standards clearly, or are there some common misconceptions?

A: Many customers believe that they will need to lower their incoming compressed air pressure to 30 psi, only to find out they are unable to get much work done at this greatly reduced pressure.

Some air nozzles, such as Exair's engineered nozzles, allow supply pressure to remain normal, between 80-100 psig. This increased pressure produces maximum velocity and force upon the application and increases the chance for success. Due to the design of Exair nozzles, there is no potential to block the outlet air flow, therefore no reason to lower the supply pressure down to 30 psig.

Some users do not recognize the risks involved with compressed air and provide their own homemade, dangerous solutions for applications. Typically open air lines, modified air fittings, pipe with drilled holes are the go-to methods for do-it-yourselfers.  Not only are these solutions dangerous because the outlet compressed air can be blocked and the pressure can exceed the OSHA limit, but they often exceed the noise exposure requirements and waste considerable amounts of compressed air.

An Exair engineered air nozzle or safety air gun will increase safety, lower noise and can pay for itself in air savings. 

Information provided by: Exair Corp.

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