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Hydraulic hoses, couplings and other parts of hydraulic systems should always be installed following these guidelines. When installing hoses, leave a little extra length to allow for changes in length that result when pressure is applied. Extra length will also allow for movement or flexing of parts that the hose is connected to. Use clamps or other devices to secure hoses so that they don't rub against machine parts or aren't whipped around by machine vibrations or motion. Avoid using hoses that are unnecessarily long and may flail during normal operation. Never create extreme bends when installing a hose. Use angled adapters when needed. Do not twist hoses and keep hoses away from sharp surfaces, extreme temperatures or chemicals whenever possible. Use armors, guards or sleeves to protect the hoses as needed.

Hydraulic Fluid Safety

Training Time: 28 minutes

This course covers basic guidelines and best practices for working safely around common hydraulic equipment. From bottle jacks to forklifts and shop equipment, this course provides important information on the principles of hydraulics and the hazards that hydraulic systems can present. Based on OSHA documents and industry experience, this course is designed to help workers understand how to recognize common hydraulic hazards and avoid serious injuries.

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“Very informative. This hydraulic fluid safety video covers a lot of information in an easy to understand format. We use this for Tool Box Talks with small groups of workers and it works great.”- Paul D. - Chico, CA

A basic hydraulic system consists of a smaller diameter piston, hydraulic fluid, and a larger diameter piston.

A basic hydraulic system consists of a smaller diameter piston, hydraulic fluid, and a larger diameter piston.

Serious injuries can occur when a hose breaks loose and the flailing hose “whips” a worker.

Serious injuries can occur when a hose breaks loose and the flailing hose “whips” a worker.

“Pinhole leak” injections are one of the most common injuries related to hydraulic systems.

“Pinhole leak” injections are one of the most common injuries related to hydraulic systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the major components of a hydraulic system
  • Describe how hydraulic systems work
  • Describe the hazards presented by hydraulic fluid
  • Describe guidelines for installation, normal operation, inspection, repair and replacement
  • List in order the steps that should be followed in the event that a coworker is sprayed with hydraulic fluid
  • List guidelines that should be followed in the event that a coworker receives a pinhole injection of hydraulic fluid
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Hydraulic Fluid Safety FAQs

Why is it important to understand hydraulic fluid safety?
Many machines in a typical workplace use hydraulics to provide power such as forklifts and hand-held power tools. Knowing how they work and how to use them properly can make the use of hydraulic-powered equipment very beneficial. However, hydraulic systems also can be dangerous. It is important for workers to understand how hydraulic machines work and the dangers associated with hydraulic fluid to avoid these dangers.

How do hydraulic systems work?
A basic hydraulic system consists of three parts: a smaller diameter piston, hydraulic fluid (usually some type of oil), and a larger diameter piston. When force is applied to the smaller piston, it creates pressure which is transferred through the incompressible hydraulic fluid. The pressure acting on the larger piston magnifies the output force of that piston.

What are the primary hazards associated with hydraulic fluid?
The fluid in a hydraulic system is usually highly pressurized, very hot, and toxic. Hydraulic fluid may also be flammable. These properties can lead to injuries or facility damage if a hose bursts loose from a coupling.

What are the primary hazards associated with hydraulic fluid?
The fluid in a hydraulic system is usually highly pressurized, very hot, and toxic. Hydraulic fluid may also be flammable. These properties can lead to injuries or facility damage if a hose bursts loose from a coupling.

What are some safety tips to follow during normal operation of hydraulic equipment?
During normal operation of hydraulic equipment always use the machine only as it was intended to be used, follow all safe work practices required by employer, wear appropriate PPE, and during operation pay attention to anything unusual that seems wrong with the machine.

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