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Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement Template specifically designed for the use of an air compressor! This comprehensive and pre-filled document will help to provide you with vital information to help ensure the safety of workers and others who may be affected by the operation of an air compressor on a worksite.

Our SWMS Template is:

  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to adapt it to your specific worksite requirements.
  • Includes the scope of the project and project details, allowing you to outline the specific details of your worksite and project.
  • Contains a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, making it easy for you to identify potential hazards and control measures.
  • Provides space for recording any staff training, ensuring that workers are properly trained to operate the air compressor.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of the safety procedures implemented.
  • Contains resources for the use of legislative references, helping you to ensure that you comply with all relevant regulations and standards.
  • Lists all PPE required, ensuring that workers are properly equipped with the necessary safety equipment.
  • Provides a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to assess potential hazards and determine appropriate control measures.
  • Contains a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, helping you to ensure that all safety procedures are properly implemented.
  • Includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone involved in the project understands and agrees to the safety procedures outlined in the SWMS.
  • Easy to use and easy to customise, making it suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download, providing you with immediate access to the SWMS Template.

We understand the importance of safety in the workplace and are committed to helping you ensure the safety of your workers and others on your worksite. Our SWMS Template is designed to be a helpful tool to guide you in implementing appropriate safety procedures when using an air compressor.

Here is some safety information related to using air compressor.


  • High pressure air can cause serious injury or death if it comes into contact with the body.
  • Noise levels generated by air compressors can be harmful to hearing if proper protection is not used.
  • Electricity is required to power some air compressors, which presents a risk of electrocution if the equipment is not used properly.
  • Moving parts can cause injury if they are not properly guarded or if the equipment is not used correctly.
  • Air compressors can generate heat, which can present a fire hazard if used in the presence of flammable materials.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Eye protection must be worn at all times when using the air compressor.
  • Hearing protection must be worn when using the air compressor for prolonged periods.
  • Gloves should be worn when handling the air compressor.
  • Suitable footwear must be worn at all times.
  • Clothing should be appropriate for the task and should not be loose-fitting.

Pre-Start Checks:

  • Check that the air compressor is in good working order and that all safety guards are in place.
  • Check that the electrical cable and plug are in good condition and that there are no exposed wires.
  • Ensure that the air compressor is on a stable surface and that it is properly grounded.
  • Check that the air filter is clean and that the oil level is correct.
  • Make sure that there are no leaks in the air lines or fittings.


  • Ensure that the air compressor is operated by a competent person who has been trained in the safe use of the equipment.
  • Do not exceed the maximum pressure rating of the air compressor or the air tools being used.
  • Do not point the air hose at anyone or anything.
  • Do not use the air compressor in the presence of flammable materials.
  • Do not use the air compressor in wet or damp conditions.
  • Do not leave the air compressor unattended while it is in use.
  • Do not operate the air compressor if it is damaged or in need of repair.
  • Do not attempt to modify or alter the air compressor in any way.


  • Turn off the air compressor and unplug it from the electrical outlet.
  • Bleed the air from the air lines and disconnect the air hose from the compressor.
  • Store the air compressor in a safe and secure location.
  • Clean the air compressor after use and inspect it for any damage.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of an injury, seek medical attention immediately.
  • In the event of a fire, use the appropriate fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
  • In the event of an electrical shock, turn off the power supply before attempting to help the victim.

Conclusion: It is essential to follow safety precautions when using an air compressor to ensure that all potential hazards are identified and minimised. It is the responsibility of all users of the equipment to follow guidelines and to report any incidents or potential hazards to their supervisor immediately.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey everyone, it’s great to be here today to talk about safe work method statements and their purpose. Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “Gary, what’s the big deal about safe work method statements? Can’t we just wing it and get the job done?” Well, let me tell you, that’s not the best approach.

The purpose of a safe work method statement is to identify potential hazards and risks associated with a particular task or job, and to outline the steps and procedures needed to complete the job safely. It’s like a blueprint for success – you wouldn’t build a house without a plan, would you?

Now, some of you might be thinking, “Gary, that sounds like a lot of extra work. I don’t have time for that.” But let me ask you this – do you have time for a workplace accident or injury? Do you have time for lost productivity or legal issues? Of course not.

By taking the time to create a safe work method statement, you’re not only protecting yourself and your team, you’re also ensuring that you’re meeting legal requirements and industry standards. It’s a win-win situation.

So, what should be included in a safe work method statement? First and foremost, it should outline the task or job to be completed, and identify any potential hazards or risks associated with the job. This might include things like working at heights, working with heavy machinery, or working in confined spaces.

Once the hazards and risks have been identified, the safe work method statement should outline the steps and procedures needed to complete the job safely. This might include things like using personal protective equipment (PPE), following specific procedures for using machinery or equipment, or working with a buddy system.

It’s also important to include information about emergency procedures and first aid in your safe work method statement. This might include things like the location of first aid kits, emergency phone numbers, and procedures for reporting accidents or injuries.

So, now that we know what should be included in a safe work method statement, let’s talk about why it’s so important. First and foremost, it helps to protect your team from accidents and injuries. By identifying potential hazards and risks, and outlining the steps needed to complete the job safely, you’re reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

But it’s not just about protecting your team – it’s also about protecting your business. By having a safe work method statement in place, you’re demonstrating to clients, regulators, and insurance providers that you take safety seriously. This can help to reduce the risk of legal issues and financial penalties, and can also help to improve your reputation in the industry.

So, to sum up, the purpose of a safe work method statement is to identify potential hazards and risks, and to outline the steps and procedures needed to complete the job safely. It’s an important tool for protecting your team, your business, and your reputation. So, don’t take shortcuts when it comes to safety – take the time to create a comprehensive safe work method statement, and you’ll be setting yourself up for success.


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