While reading through the newspaper a few weeks ago I happened upon an article about a local bread manufacturer facing financial penalties for safety violations from which one of their employees was permanently injured. The total proposed penalties were $146,979 related to three safety violations, and one of those violations had to do with compressed air dead-end pressures exceeding 30 PSIG.
This OSHA violation refers to standard 29 CFR 1910.242(b), which mandates that compressed air driven devices do not exceed 30 PSI of dead-end pressure. What this means is that any compressed air device, if placed directly against your skin, cannot exceed a pressure of 30 PSIG.
Why? Because at pressures greater than 30 PSIG the compressed air can penetrate through the skin and force air into the bloodstream. Air within the bloodstream can result in an air embolism which can block an artery or vein, leading to blood pressure complications, breathing difficulties, or even death.
EXAIR Application Engineers are well versed in removing this type of safety concern through engineered compressed air products. This is because EXAIR products meet or exceed the OSHA dead-end pressure requirement, allowing users of our products to maintain favorable line pressures while adding safety to their facilities.
An open-ended pipe or drilled holes in a manifold is a tempting low-cost alternative to an engineered solution – until they aren’t. Just ask this bread manufacturer who faces $9799.00 in fines related to “Serious” violations in their compressed air system.