High Pressure Fluids
(Hydraulic, diesel, grease, paint)
Skin penetration by fluid under pressure, burns
Hazard-Specific Personal Protective Equipment
Eye protection, leather or impermeable gloves (rubber, PVC, neoprene, etc.), coveralls or other complete skin covering
Familiarization with this Safe Work Practice by a competent person
Safe Work Practice
General: Escaping fluid under pressure can penetrate the skin causing serious injury. Fluid which has been injected under the skin must be surgically removed within a few hours by a doctor familiar with this type of injury to avoid serious medical complications.
- A #2 First Aid Kit must be on site.
- Before starting the job, ensure that you are wearing all necessary eye and skin protection.
- Keep hands and body away from pin holes and nozzles which eject fluids under pressure.
- When using equipment which contains fluid under pressure, avoid pointing toward yourself or another person.
- Before servicing, refer to service manuals for proper procedure for relieving system pressures.
- Relieve pressure before unhooking hydraulic or other pressurized lines. Check pressure gauges for a zero reading. If there is not a gauge, open valve or fitting slightly to ensure that pressure is relieved.
- When repairs are complete, tighten all fittings and carefully inspect lines.
- Use a piece of cardboard to search for leaks in the system.
Regulations, Standards and References
Manufacturer’s Manual and Safety Instructions for the equipment being used or serviced.