Acetylene and oxygen tanks should be
securely fastened to a dolly or stand to prevent their falling or being knocked
over. Acetylene tanks should only be used while in an upright position.
Welding and cutting operations shall be performed only by authorized personnel
under proper supervision.
Sparks from welding are a real hazard. Proper fire extinguishers shall be
immediately available. Localized ventilation shall be used when necessary.
Safety in leak checking...Always use soapy water -- not matches -- to check for
leaks in hoses, fittings, and valves in welding equipment. Proper eye protection
shall be worn when observing welding or cutting operations, also when chipping
slag. Material that has been recently welded should be marked hot or to
Oxygen acetylene torch units need to be lit with proper ignition equipment and
not with matches or cigarettes. Keep oil in any form away from oxygen sources.
Operations performed outside the shop shall be conducted ONLY after an
inspection and an approval by the EHS Department. After the EHS Department has
determined that the area is safe to weld, a welding permit shall be issued for
that location, valid only for that day. Below are a number of links to OSHA and
to other sources for welding safety.