IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Choosing a Safe, Efficient Blow Gun

  •   February 11, 2015

Montréal, February 11, 2015 – As a supplement to its Répertoire des silencieux, soufflettes et pistolets aspirateurs [directory of compressed-air mufflers, blow guns and vacuum guns], updated in 2012, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), in conjunction with five sector-based associations (Auto Prévention, ASFETM, ASP imprimerie, ASPHME and APSM), has written a technical guide to the features of the various types of nozzles that can be attached to compressed-air guns.

Designed essentially for cleaning, drying and blowing off parts and work surfaces, blow gun nozzles can be noisy and vary greatly in terms of efficiency.

The technical guide provides useful, accurate information that will help you choose the right nozzle in terms of noise level, thrust and job suitability.

Intended chiefly for warehouse staff, accident prevention officers and other workers, the technical guide sets out the risks associated with handling blow guns (noise, flying objects, injuries caused by penetration of compressed air, etc.), but also explains how to make sure the blow gun you're using is safe and meets regulatory requirements. Alternatives to blow guns are also presented.

The guide, available for free download at /en/publications-tools/publication/i/100804/n/data-sheet-blow-gun-rf-867, also lists references to other sources of information on blow guns and their use.


Jacques Millette
Public Affairs