There are many hazards associated with welding, cutting, and brazing. Following proper procedures and wearing the appropriate protective gear can reduce your risk of injury. Fire prevention is a major concern, and applying controls can prevent fires and explosions. The objectives of this session are to discuss important safety points about welding and cutting.
Why “Welding and Cutting Safety (INT)” Matters:
Welding is a hazardous activity that poses a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries.
Because it is a common operation in many workplaces, its hazards are often underappreciated.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that more than four deaths per thousand workers are attributed to welding accidents.
Welders must be suitably trained in the safe operation of equipment and the selection of appropriate PPE. Only trained and qualified personnel are allowed to use welding equipment.
Fire watchers must be trained in the use of fire extinguishing equipment and know how to sound the alarm in the event of a fire.
Workers who handle oxygen and fuel-gas supply equipment must be trained to recognize the hazards and take necessary safety precautions to prevent fires and explosions.
Required by 29 CFR 1910.251-255 (Subpart Q).
At the completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the major safety and health hazards of welding and cutting.
- Follow safe working procedures for different welding processes.
- Utilize engineering controls and administrative controls, and select the correct personal protective equipment, or PPE, for the task.
- Implement controls needed to prevent or control fires.