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Subchapter 4. Construction Safety Orders
Article 28. Miscellaneous Construction Tools and Equipment
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§1696. Portable Compressors.

(a) When portable compressors on wheels stand unattached to other equipment, they shall be positively locked, blocked, or otherwise adequately prevented from rolling.

(b) Fans shall be guarded with a shroud or side screens.

(c) Compressed air tanks shall be drained of liquid as recommended by the manufacturer's specifications.

(d) Compressor safety valves shall be popped at least weekly.

(e) Compressed air tanks shall comply with all applicable safety orders of Article 3 of the Unfired Pressure Vessel Safety Orders, Title 8, California Code of Regulations, applying to tank design, safety devices and operating permits.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. Amendment of subsection (e) filed 10-18-77; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 77, No. 43).

2. Amendment of subsection (c) filed 1-13-87; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 87, No. 4).

3. Change without regulatory effect amending subsection (e) filed 10-29-97 pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations (Register 97, No. 44).

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