OSHA Welding Safety Checklist

Use the OSHA Welding Safety Checklist to uphold safety standards during welding activities by examining key aspects from protective gear to ventilation systems.

OSHA Welding Safety Checklist



General Housekeeping & Safety

1. Are the aisles marked?


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2. Is the proper aisle width well maintained?


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3. Are the aisles in good condition and free from any obstructions?


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4. Are the workspaces kept clean and free from any obstructions?


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5. Are the fire extinguishers kept in readiness in easily accessible locations?


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6. Are the fire blanket blankets kept in readiness in easily accessible locations?


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7. Is the emergency eyewash available and in operable condition?


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8. Is the first aid kit available with valid products inside?


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9. Are passageways, aisles, ladders, and steps maintained clear of obstacles?


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10. Are cables and cords cleared from aisles, passageways, ladders, and steps?


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11. Do the local exhaust hoods or booths ensure an airflow of 100 linear feet per minute?


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12. Is mechanical ventilation at a rate of 2000 cubic feet per minute per welder necessary under the following conditions: • When there is less than 10,000 cubic feet of space per welder? • When the ceiling height is less than 16 feet? • When natural cross-ventilation is obstructed?


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13. Is the mechanical ventilation present, functional, and in use?


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14. Is mechanical ventilation required in this work area?


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Compressed Gas Cylinders: Storage, Installation, & Operation

1. Are the cylinders marked with the chemical or trade name of their gas contents?


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2. Are the cylinders stored indoors in a well-ventilated and dry area, maintaining a minimum distance of 20 feet from any flammable material?


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3. Is it ensured that cylinders aren't stored, used, or taken into enclosed spaces?


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4. Cylinders are stored away from all heat sources?


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5. Are stored cylinders secured by a chain, truck, or other steadying device?


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6. Are the cylinders kept in an upright position, except when they are being moved or carried?


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7. Is it advised that cylinders are never opened or valves cracked near possible ignition sources?


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8. Are cylinders kept away from sparks, slag, flame, and other possible ignition sources? If not, are fire-resistant shields used?


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9. Are cylinders positioned to ensure they are not part of an electrical circuit?


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10. Are the valves of empty cylinders kept closed?


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11. Are the valves kept closed whenever cylinders are not in use?


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12. Are the valve protection caps in place and hand-tight if the cylinder is not in use?


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13. Are valve caps in place and regulators removed whenever cylinders are moved?


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14. Are valve caps excluded from use when lifting cylinders?


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15. Is the valve end of acetylene cylinders stored facing upward?


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16. Are oxygen cylinders stored separately from fuel-gas cylinders and combustible materials, either by a distance of 20 feet or by a noncombustible barrier at least 5 feet high with at least a half-hour fire resistance?


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17. Is the total capacity of cylinders in storage (not in use) limited to 2000 cubic feet or 300 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas?


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18. Are cylinders, valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and apparatus kept clean and free from residue?


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19. Are precautions taken to prevent the mixture of air or oxygen with flammable gases?


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20. Are cylinders regularly examined for signs of defect, rusting, or leakage?


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21. Are cylinders prevented from being dropped or struck violently?


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22. Are cylinders ever used as rollers or supports?


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23. Is flashback protection provided through an approved device that prevents the passage of flame into gas systems?


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24. Are pressure regulators used exclusively for the gasses and pressures for which they are intended?


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25. Are pressure regulators, including union nuts and connections, thoroughly inspected before each use?


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26. Are the regulator gauges marked with "USE NO OIL"?


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27. Are oxygen and fuel-gas hoses interchangeable?


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28. Are hoses with more than one passage prohibited from being used?


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29. Are torches lit exclusively using friction lighters or other approved devices?


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30. Are warning signs indicating "Danger – No Smoking, Matches, or Open Lights" posted?


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Arc-Welding Machines: Installation, Operation, & Maintenance

1. Do all arc-welding machines and equipment comply with Requirements for Electric Arc-Welding Apparatus (NEMA EW-1-1962) and/or Safety Standards for Transformer-Type Arc-Welding Machines?


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2. Are arc-welding machines and equipment designed and constructed to operate under anticipated environmental conditions such as humidity, weather, vapors, etc.?


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3. Are arc-welding machine frames and cases electrically grounded?


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4. Are lead terminals protected from contact?


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5. Are manual electrodes specifically designed for arc welding and cutting?


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6. Can electrode holders safely handle the required maximum rated current?


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7. Are the outer surfaces of the jaws and all current-carrying parts of the electrode holder fully insulated against the maximum voltage to the ground?


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8. Do ground return cables have a safe current-carrying capacity equal to or greater than the maximum output capacity of the equipment it serves?


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9. Are all grounding connections mechanically strong and electrically adequate for the required current?


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10. Are cables free from repair or splices for a minimum of 10 feet from the connected end?NOTE: Cables with standard insulated connectors or with splices whose insulation equals the cable are permitted


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11. Are damaged cables not used?


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12. Is there a disconnect switch with overcurrent protection located near each arc-welding machine that does not have its switch?


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13. Is a disconnect switch with overcurrent protection provided for every outlet used with a welding machine?


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14. Is control apparatus enclosed on all types of arc-welding machines?


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15. Are portable control devices connected to an AC circuit no higher than 120V?


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16. Are proper shut-down switches provided?


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17. Are only authorized personnel allowed to use and handle arc welding equipment?


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18. Do authorized users have a copy of the applicable manufacturer's operating instructions?


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19. Are the manufacturer's operating instructions printed and strictly followed?


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20. Are authorized users required to report all defects or safety hazards immediately and discontinue work until safety is confirmed?


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21. Are the machines, cables, hoses, torches, wires, electrodes, cylinders, connections, and all related apparatus thoroughly inspected before any operation?


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22. Is welding cable spread out and made free of kinks before each use to avoid overheating and insulation damage?


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23. Are arc welding machines repaired only by qualified personnel?


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24. Are damaged cables replaced before each use? Is it permitted by the construction standard to repair with rubber or friction tape, provided there is sufficient insulation?


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25. Are arc-welding and cutting operations performed using noncombustible or flame-proof screens?


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26. Are welding, cutting, and heating performed only in authorized areas?


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27. Do welding, cutting, and heating operations involving toxic substances comply with the standards in?


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28. Are damaged hoses replaced before each use?


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29. Are pressure regulator repairs conducted only by qualified mechanics?


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30. When the equipment is not in use: a)are electrodes removed from holders? b) are holders stored to avoid contact with conductive materials? c) is the equipment disconnected from all power sources?


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Personal Protective Equipment

1. Are protective goggles or face shields worn at all times when working with corrosive materials, working near flying particles, or in any circumstance where there could be a risk of eye injury?


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2. Are all personnel exposed to hazards created by welding, cutting, or brazing protected by personal protective equipment as required?


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3. Are helmets, hand shields, and goggles worn at all times during all welding and cutting operations?


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4. Is anyone exposed to radiation suitably protected?


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5. Are all personnel protected against toxic preservative coatings as prescribed?


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