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Safety briefing - using pneumatic tools

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures associated with the use of pneumatic tools.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Using Pneumatic Tools is to ensure all staff are fully aware of the potential risks, what can happen if these aren’t properly managed and what can be done to reduce them.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including the failure of hose connections (which can cause hoses to whip out of control) tripping and exposure to vibration.


Control measures include keeping tools lubricated, using compressed air responsibly and reporting any leaks.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • “Only use the attachments that the manufacturer recommends.
  • Turn off the air pressure to hose when not in use or when changing power tools.
  • Check hoses regularly for cuts, bulges and abrasions.
  • Ensure all connections are fitted with whip-checks before use.