Meeting OSHA Standards for Dedusting and Clean-down Operations with ACI’s JetBlack

The intended purpose of ACI’s blower-powered JetBlack Cleaning Station is to give companies a safe and effective tool for dedusting and clean down of their workwear and PPE equipment.

For too long, employees have used compressed air guns/nozzles to carry out this basic hygiene function, but as safety awareness and legislation has improved over more recent times, the full dangers of compressed air are more known and employers now do what they can to avoid any unnecessary use of it.

The JetBlack offers employers complete piece of mind as any dangers posed by compressed air are immediately removed. But is the JetBlack OSHA compliant, and if it is, how does it achieve this?

1. Meeting OSHA Standard for Output Pressure

Factory compressed air systems typically run at pressures between 80 and 120PSI (pounds per square inch). Pneumatic tools require these high pressures to operate effectively, which also applies to safety air guns.

Current OSHA regulations require that if the tip of any compressed air safety gun is ‘dead-ended’, the static pressure at the point of the blockage, must be reduced to less than 30PSI.

However, this still doesn’t make it totally safe for employees to use to clean clothing and/or themselves with an air nozzle/gun.  Pressures as low as 5-10 psi have been known to cause serious injury. The Federal OSHA regulation pertains only to the cleaning of parts or objects, not people. OSHA clarified in an interpretation letter from January 1994 that compressed air should not be used by workers for cleaning themselves or their clothing in general industry situations.

ACI’s JetBlack completely removes any safety doubt to any employer as it operates at the incredibly low pressure of 2.52PSI/70In.Swg. It achieves its performance due to the airflow’s high velocity air, which presents no imminent danger to operators, even when in direct contact with human skin.

OSHA Compliancy

JetBlack meets OSHA Standards:

  • Hand and portable powered tools and equipment, general (29CFR Part 1910.242 (b))
  • Reduction of Air Pressure below 30psa for cleaning purposes (OSHA Instruction STD 01-13-001)
  • Hand and portable powered tools and equipment, general (29CFR Part 1910.242 (b)

2. Meeting OSHA Standard for Noise

To address excessive noise in the workplace, OSHA has developed permissible daily noise exposure specifications. Since compressed air guns/nozzles can potentially contribute to high levels of occupational noise, ACI’s blower-driven JetBlack help’s company’s move towards noise level compliance as its operating noise level is below 78dB(A).

Please note – ACI still recommends ear protection is worn when operating a JetBlack.

OSHA Compliancy

JetBlack meets OSHA Standards:

  • Occupational noise exposure (29CFR Part 1919.95)

3. Meeting OSHA Standard for Chipguarding

When cleaning down in close quarters with compressed air, workers are frequently subject to ‘chip fly-back’. This is a term that refers to the tendency of loose particles, or chips, to fly back into the operator’s face., eyes, or skin.

For such operations, OSHA requires that ‘effective chip guarding’ is incorporated into the workplace.

All JetBlack models are fitted with chip guarding as standard.

OSHA Compliancy

JetBlack meets OSHA Standards:

  • Hand and portable powered tools and equipment, general (29CFR Part 1910.242 (b))
  • OSHA program directive, reduction of air pressure below 30PSI for cleaning purposes (OSHA Instruction STD 01-13-001)

In Summary:

The JetBlack is an innovative, safe and effective tool for personnel-clean down and de-dusting operations – particularly useful in industrial environments.  Compressed air always has the potential to be extremely dangerous, so companies should always try and minimize its use, particularly for cleaning and de-dusting operations.

When compared to compressed air, the JetBlack is:

  • The JetBlack produces high volume, low pressure air (2.52PSI/70In.Swg) which poses no threat to personal safety.
  • Lower noise emissions.With levels below 78dB(A) the JetBlack is typically quieter than most compressed air nozzle arrangements.
  • Cost effective.Blower powered air produced by the JetBlack™ typically costs less than 10% Motor power – 1400 watts


We have a solution. Our JetBlack dedusting booth is a safe and effective solution that offers all workers a means for removing dust and contamination from work clothes.

Don’t wait another minute to put the JetBlack Booth to work for you.

Bosch + Siemens

The ACI personnel de-dusting cubicle offers multiple benefits. It achieves effective cleaning of personnel, prevents recontamination of the factory via its exhaust system and helps with quality control…

Walter Keiler,
Safety Coordinator

LaFarge Cement

The ACI Personnel Cleaning Booth is excellent. The air delivery pressure is safe and provides effective de-dusting whilst the downward air flow drives the blown off dust down through the grille floor…

Heather Bennett,
Phase 2 Section Manager