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Form: 16 Version 1.4 1 September 2003

STANDARD
OPERATING
PROCEDURE
TASK: Use of Compressed Air
SOP No: VA12 .....................

Version: 1...........................

Date: .....................

Dept/Div/School: Visual and Performing Arts
Supervisor/Manager:
Other Contacts:
HAZARDS:

High pressure air in storage cylinder.
Eye and hearing damage.
Air bubbles in bloodstream.

PROTECTIVE
EQUIPMENT AND
EMERGENCY
EQUIPMENT

Eye protection ie: goggles, visor.
Hearing protection ie: ear muffs, ear plugs.

BEFORE YOU START

Ensure area is clear and all guards are in place.
All outlets are closed.
Nearby personnel are aware.

NEVER.......................

Direct air towards eyes or skin. Use air without PPE in
place.

JOB STEPS

• Ensure isolation valves are in off position.
• Start the compressor and observe operation.
• Manually test storage cylinder safety valve.
• Drain excess water at cylinder.
• Examine hoses and attachments for defects before
connecting to outlets.
• Commence work always directing air towards working
area.

WHEN YOU FINISH

Shut isolation valves. Stop compressor. Drain air from
lines and cylinder. Roll up hoses and ensure work area is
left in orderly condition.

Form: 16 Version 1.4 1 September 2003

OHS Consultation and Approval
(Ensure this section is completed and copied onto rear of SOP) OHS Consultation
(Completion Instructions)
Print names and enter signatures and dates to certify that the persons named in this section have been consulted in relation to the development of this Standard Operating Procedure. Note that the OHS Representative (OHS Committee) certifies that consultation has taken place, and may not be involved in the original consultation. Position

Name

Signature

Date

Manager/
Supervisor

First employee
using SOP

Second employee
using SOP (if
applicable)
OHS
Representative
(OHS Committee)

SOP Approval
Name Authorising (Printed):...
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