Welding and Safety Management

Whether it is minor soldering of parts or heavy-duty welding, having a standard operating procedure is key to providing a safe work environment. Below we have addressed many of the typical scenarios that may arise. Depending on the answers, will direct you as to how to craft your standard operating procedures.

1. Are only qualified and authorized personnel permitted to perform welding operations?

2. Is personal protective clothing and equipment, such as helmets, eye protection shields, aprons, and gloves provided?

3. Are goggles worn under the weider’s helmet for cutting and burning? Are they carefully selected for proper lens shade?

4. Is an exhaust system provided whenever natural ventilation is inadequate to remove injurious fumes and gases?

5. Has flammable material been removed or confined to eliminate the possibility of fire during the welding work?

6. Have suitable fire extinguishers been provided for welding units?

7. Is oil and grease kept away from oxygen cylinders and fittings?

8. Have warnings been issued against permitting a jet of oxygen to strike an oily mixture or greasy clothes?

9. Are all compressed gas cylinders to which a hose is not attached provided with valve protective caps?

10. Is the hose inspected periodically for leaks by submerging it in water?

11. Are curtains or screens provided around arc welding locations?

12. Is equipment periodically inspected for defects, loose connections, and defective electrode holders?

13. When cylinders are not in use, are valves closed tightly?

14. Is the use of compressed gas prohibited from use for cleaning purposes; i.e., to dust off clothing or other objects?

15. Is smoking prohibited within 50 feet of compressed gas storage areas, and are no smoking signs posted?

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