Safe Welding Program
Purpose of the Program
An effective welding, cutting, and brazing program should protect workers from injury or death and property from fire, atmospheric contaminants, and other hazards during operations.
Effective implementation of a safe welding program requires support from all levels of management within the company.
- All affected employees should be familiar with the elements of the program.
- The program should encompass all facilities, worksites, and projects, regardless of the size of the workforce or work schedules.
- It should establish clear policies and objectives related to welding, cutting, brazing and soldering safety.
Approved means listed or approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL). For more information on the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program,
see OSHA’s current list of NRTLs.
Hot Work means any work that involves burning, welding, using fire or spark-producing tools, or that produces a source of ignition.
Welder and welding operator means any operator of electric or gas welding and cutting equipment.
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Source: WV Department of Labor
Management should recognize its responsibility for the safe use of cutting and welding equipment on its property, as well as the following things:
- Based on fire potentials of plant facilities, establish areas for cutting and welding, and establish procedures for cutting and welding, in other areas.
- Designate an individual responsible for authorizing cutting and welding operations in areas not specifically designed for such processes.
- Insist cutters or welders and their supervisors are suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment and the safe use of the process.
- Advise all contractors about flammable materials or hazardous conditions of which they may not be aware.
The supervisor should:
- be responsible for the safe handling of the cutting or welding equipment and the safe use of the cutting or welding process
- determine the combustible materials and hazardous areas present or likely to be present in the work location
- protect combustibles from ignition by the following:
- Have the work moved to a location free from dangerous combustibles.
- If you cannot move the work, have the combustibles moved to a safe distance or have the combustibles properly shielded against ignition.
- Schedule cutting and welding at a time when plant operations that might expose combustibles to ignition are not started during cutting or welding.
- Secure authorization for the cutting or welding operations from the designated management representative.
- Ensure the cutter or welder sees conditions are safe before going ahead.
- Make sure fire protection and extinguishing equipment are properly located at the site.
- Where fire watches are required, make sure they are available at the site.
Before permitting cutting or welding, the individual responsible for authorizing cutting and welding operations should:
- inspect the area,
- designate precautions to be followed, and
- grant authorization to proceed preferably in the form of a written permit.
Report all injuries to the medical department as soon as possible. Treat even a slight burn or scratch promptly to prevent infection. Treat eye burns IMMEDIATELY. In addition, a
medical professional should evaluate all eye burns as soon as possible.
Welding cables: Welders must place welding cable and other equipment so that it is clear of passageways, ladders, and stairways.
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