Prior to using any tool, the operator must read and understand the operating and safety instructions provided with each tool.

The operator should be verbally instructed by their supervisor on the safe operating practices when working with pneumatic tools. Personnel should be aware of any local safety requirements.

Eye, face and body protection

Eye protection must be worn at all times when using any air tool. Any debris large or small can become a dangerous projectile. All visitors or other personnel in the immediate area where an air tool is being used must also wear eye and ear protection. Eye protectors must meet the following requirements:

  • Provide adequate protection against hazards for which they are designed.
  • Be reasonably comfortable when worn under the designated condition.
  • Fit snugly without interfering with the wearers movements or their vision.
  • Be durable.
  • Be capable of being disinfected and cleaned.
  • Be kept in good working condition.
Impact resistant face protection should be used in situations where there is exposure to tool operation or when deemed necessary. Impact resistant face protection should be worn over the eye protection and is not intended to take the place of eye protection. Safety shoes and/or steel toe shoes must be worn at all times by anyone operating pneumatic tools and by anyone in the immediate area. Safety hard hats must be worn at all times by anyone operating air tools, particularly when doing overhead work or by anyone in the immediate area. Loose fitting clothing or jewelry of any type must not be worn when operating air tools.


The nature of the work with pneumatic tools can be uncomfortable to the operator. Prolonged use of pneumatic tools may be harmful to your hands and arms. You can minimize vibration by using proper operator technique, correct air pressure (90 psi), sharp steels and anti vibration tools. APT offers ergonomic air hammers designed specifically to reduce harmful vibration to the operator without reducing the power of the tool.


Prolonged exposure to noise caused by normal operation of pneumatic equipment may lead to hearing disorders. OSHA regulates the maximum sound level to which an operator may be exposed. Hearing protection should be used by anyone operating equipment and anyone being exposed to noise caused by pneumatic equipment. American Pneumatic tools recommends the use of APT mufflers designed to reduce noise levels of APT tools.


All APT tools must be inspected to make sure they are working correctly prior to operation. All components must be checked to make sure they are tight and there are no missing or damaged parts. DO NOT turn the tool towards your body or towards anyone else. ALWAYS work with the tool firmly pointed to the workface. Operation of the tool without the impact being applied to the workface may result in injury and will also damage the tool. NEVER adjust, remove, repair or store American Pneumatic tools without disconnecting the air supply and relieving the hose of air pressure. Never change tool steel or any accessories without disconnecting the air supply first. NEVER leave an idle tool connected to an air supply to prevent accidental actuation. The air supply must be turned off at the source or at the air compressor. Keep all spectators away from the work area. If there must be spectators, they must be kept at a safe distance from the workplace where pneumatic tools are being operated. ALWAYS inspect the tool steel carefully for cracks or damage. NEVER operate pneumatic equipment with damaged tool steel. Be sure that the steel is properly sharpened. Consult your tool steel catalog for proper selection of tool steel for the application. DO NOT touch tool steel or other air hammer accessories while the tool is working. Wear gloves and make sure rubber handles are in good condition if the tools are fitted with them. NEVER attempt to use a pneumatic tool without a chisel retainer. ALWAYS inspect retainers for damage or excessive wear and do not use damaged or worn retainers. Check all bolts for proper torques. American Pneumatic Tool suggests the use of air regulators to ensure a recommended air pressure of 90 psi (6.2 bar). ALWAYS inspect all air hoses for cracks, worn threads, damaged or loose quick connect couplings in order to prevent injury resulting from a whipping air hose. Look out for excess air hose around the work area to prevent tripping and falling. Ensure proper footing and balance when operating any air tool. Please take the time to ensure your safety and that of others. It is impossible to cover in this catalog all the possible dangers of operating pneumatic tools. ALWAYS use common sense and good judgement. If you have any doubts concerning the safe operation of our tools, please call APT at (800) 532-7402 or 714-285-2828. Make sure operators read and understand the safety label bonded to every tool, and the safety information supplied with the new tool. Should you require additional copies of the safety information, please contact APT or your distributor. APT also offers a safety manual booklet for the operating and maintenance personnel. Contact APT for details.