Hazards While Welding, Wrecking, Butting And Brazing

Hazards While Welding, Wrecking, Butting And Brazing

These important yet dangerous tasks account for thousands of injuries each year. What is usually most affected is the skin, eyes and body parts. Burns can easily occur as well as damage to the eye with each use of a welding iron.

SoCal Removal is committed to preserving the safety of employees and maintaining a place of employment free from recognized hazards. Accordingly, only properly trained employees, authorized to perform such operations may perform welding, cutting, brazing, grinding, and other hotwork. If it is impossible to eliminate fire hazards from such work, appropriate control steps will be taken to ensure the safety of workers, including engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment. This welding, cutting, and brazing program is designed to protect life and property from fire, atmospheric contaminants, and other associated hazards during these operations, and will be enforced rigorously.

Personal Protective Equipment & General Safety

Face and eye protection, such as safety glasses or face shields

  • Foot protection
  • Additional necessary clothing or equipment, such as gloves, aprons, hearing protection devices, respirators, lifelines, safety belts, lanyards, and curtains
  • Ventilation, where necessary to protect an employee against toxic materials
  • Except for long-sleeve shirts required to protect the employee from ultraviolet rays to the arms, and ankle length trousers, clothing and equipment will be provided without expense to employees

Fire Prevention and Protection

Cutting or welding may only occur in fire-safe areas.

If the object to be welded or cut cannot be moved, movable fire hazards need to be moved at least 35 feet away. If it is impossible to move them, safeguards to confine heat, sparks, and slag must protect the immovable fire hazards. Where combustible materials are on the floor, employees must sweep the floor clean for a radius of 35 feet. Combustible floors must be kept wet (protect welder form shock if arc welding), covered with damp sand, or protected by fire-resistant shields. Floor openings or cracks in the floor that cannot be closed, as well as holes in walls, open doorways and open or broken windows must be guarded to prevent sparks from reaching readily combustible material. Employees must shutdown ducts that could carry sparks to combustibles, or emplace appropriate safeguards before hotwork.

Fire extinguishing equipment appropriate to the present hazard will be ready for instant use during hot work.

Firewatchers must be present for welding or cutting in locations where an unplanned flame might develop or when any of the following is true:

  • Appreciable combustible material is within 35 feet to the point of operation
  • Sparks may easily ignite appreciable combustibles more than 35 feet away
  • Wall or floor openings within a 35-foot radius expose combustible material in adjacent areas (including concealed spaces in walls or floors)
  • Combustible materials are adjacent to the opposite side of metal partitions, walls, ceilings, or roofs and are likely to be ignited by conduction or radiation

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