Air Compressor Safety Quiz

Many facilities and people who work around compressed air tend to take it for granted.  You turn it on, or activate the tool or machine you are using, and it’s just there.  It’s that reliable.

What can’t be overlooked about compressed air, is the inherent danger in working around it.  If used properly, with common sense and prescribed safety measures it’s perfectly safe.

If misused, however, it can be dangerous, even deadly.

How much do you know about air compressor safety?  Let’s take this short True or False quiz:

  1. TRUE OR FALSE: Compressed air released from a nozzle near a human ear can cause severe damage.
  2. TRUE OR FALSE: Using compressed air to clean off your clothing while you are wearing it is perfectly safe.
  3. TRUE OR FALSE: Debris with 40 pounds of air pressure behind it can travel in excess of 40 MPH.
  4. TRUE OR FALSE: One of the most common dangers of compressed air is particles and debris flying back into the face of the operator.
  5. TRUE OR FALSE: In certain environments, compressed air can contribute to conditions that are potentially explosive.


How do you think you did?

  1. Forty pounds of air pressure released four inches from a human ear can rupture an eardrum, even potentially cause a cerebral hemorrhage leading to death. NEVER discharge compressed air near an ear. For the record, as little as 12 psi can remove an eye from its socket.
  2. Even if clothed, compressed air can enter a scratch or puncture in the skin and potentially travel to the brain.  NEVER do this.
  3. That number is actually 70 MPH, turning even the smallest piece of debris into a potentially deadly projectile.
  4. Some compressed air tools are equipped with a chip guard or “air curtain” to help reduce the amount of debris that gets blown backwards, but it’s still something to be aware of. ALWAYS wear eye protection.
  5. In grain elevators, candy factories and bakeries, organic dust particles can become airborne when compressed air is in use. This creates a potentially explosive condition.

This quiz only scratches the surface.  Make sure you are following every manufacturer’s recommended safety procedure and adhere to your company’s and OSHA policies at all times.

Of course, if you have any questions, our experts and technicians can answer anything you throw their way at (866) 413-8077.


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