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

Knowledge Transfer Activity: Inventory of Silencers, Blowers and Compressed Air Guns


The widespread, multi-industry use of compressed air tools, particularly for cleaning or dedusting parts and workspaces, generates risks for both the health (occupational deafness) and safety (thrown objects) of workers.
Devices exist that reduce noise and the risk of injury, specifically silencers, blowers and vacuum guns. In addition, the Répertoire des silencieux, soufflettes et pistolets aspirateurs [Inventory of silencers, blowguns and vacuum guns] is available on the IRSST’s website.

However, consultants for joint sector-based associations where these devices are commonly used have stressed the need to facilitate the dissemination of such information and provide field practitioners with the means to assist and reinforce the safe use of such devices.

The team will develop a general document that will present in simple terms the legal aspects, the tools and their uses, as well as a video illustrating the content of the general document in different work situations.

Additional Information

Type: Knowledge Transfer Activity
Number: 2013-0051
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2015
  • Rémy Oddo (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Marie-Josée Ross (Association sectorielle paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail du secteur de la fabrication de produits en métal, de la fabrication de produits électriques et des industries de l'habillement)
  • Khalid El Ahrache (Association paritaire de santé et de sécurité du travail, secteur imprimerie et activités connexes)
  • Martine Charette (Association paritaire de santé et de sécurité du travail, secteur services automobiles)
  • Louis-Philippe Simard (Association paritaire pour la santé et la sécurité du travail, secteur minier)
  • Waguih Geadah (Association sectorielle, Fabrication d'équipement de transport et de machines)
  • Marjolaine Thibeault (IRSST)
  • François Ouellet (IRSST)