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Welding Cutting and Brazing Checklist

____ Are only authorized and trained personnel permitted to use welding, cutting, or brazing equipment?

____ Are compressed gas cylinders regularly examined for signs of defect, deep rusting, or leakage?

____ Are cylinders kept away from sources of heat?

____ Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or supports?

____ Are empty cylinders appropriately marked, their valves closed, and valve-protection caps placed on them?

____ Are signs reading: "DANGER - NO SMOKING, MATCHES OR OPEN LIGHTS," or the equivalent posted?

____ Unless secured on special truck, are regulators removed and valve-protection caps put in place before moving cylinders?

____ Do cylinders without fixed hand wheels have keys, handles, or nonadjustable wrenches on stem valves when in service?

____ Are liquefied gases stored and shipped with the valve end up, and with valve covers in place?

____ Before a regulator is removed, is the valve closed, and then gas released from the regulator?

____ Is open circuit (no load) voltage of arc welding and cutting machines as low as possible, and not in excess of the recommended limit?

____ Are electrodes removed from the holders when not in use?

____ Is it required that electric power to the welder be shut off when no one is in attendance?

____ Is suitable fire extinguishing equipment available for immediate use?

____ Is the welder forbidden to coil or loop welding electrode cable around his or her body?

____ Are work and electrode lead cable frequently inspected for wear and damage, and replaced with needed?

____ Do means for connecting cable lengths have adequate insulation?

____ When the object to be welded cannot be moved and fire hazards cannot be removed, are shields used to confine heat, sparks, and slag?

____ Are fire watchers assigned when welding or cutting is performed in locations where a serious fire might develop?

____ When welding is done on all metal walls, are precautions taken to protect combustibles on the other side?

____ Before hot work begins, are drums, barrels, tanks, and other containers so thoroughly cleaned and tested that no substances remain that could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors?

____ Do eye protection helmets, hand shields, and goggles meet appropriate standards?

____ Are employees exposed to the hazards created by welding, cutting, or brazing operations protected with personal protective equipment and clothing?

____ is a check made for adequate ventilation in and where welding or cutting is performed?

____ When working in confined space, are environmental monitoring test taken and means provided for quick removal of welders in case of an emergency?