Kevin Ian Schmidt

Welding Safety

Welcome to your Welding Safety

Is it a written and communicated policy that only authorized and trained personnel are permitted to use welding, cutting or brazing equipment?

Do all operator have a copy of the appropriate operating instructions and are they directed to follow them?

Compressed gas cylinders are to be regularly examined for obvious signs of defects, deep rusting, or leakage?

Are cylinders supposed to be kept away from sources of heat?

Does it need to be a documented prohibited workplace practice to use cylinders as rollers or supports?

Is care to be used in handling and storage of cylinders, safety valves, relief valves, and the like, to prevent damage?

Are signs reading: DANGER NO-SMOKING, MATCHES, OR OPEN LIGHTS, or the equivalent required to be posted in the area?

Are cylinders, cylinder valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and apparatus to be kept free of oily or greasy substances?

Is red used to identify the acetylene (and other fuel-gas) hose, green for oxygen hose, and black for inert gas and air hose?

Are firewatchs to be assigned when welding or cutting is performed, in locations where a serious fire might develop?

Are employees who are exposed to the hazards created by welding, cutting, or bracing operations to always wear personal protective equipment and clothing?

Before hot work is begun, are things/areas such as used drums, barrels, tanks, and other containers so thoroughly cleaned that no substances remain that could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors?

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