Welding Machine Safety Checklist

Use the Welding Machine Safety Checklist to ensure the safe operation of welding machines, promoting a secure work environment and preventing hazards.

Welding Machine Safety Checklist



Hot Work

1. Is there an established hot work permit program?


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2. Is all combustible material removed to at least 20 feet away from welding and cutting areas?


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3. When the object to be welded cannot be moved and/or surrounding fire hazards cannot be removed, are shields used to confine heat, sparks, and slag?


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4. When welding or cutting is performed on walls, floors, or ceilings, are precautions taken to protect combustibles on the other side?


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5. Are sufficient fire extinguishers readily available?


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6. Are fire watchers assigned whenever welding or cutting is performed in locations where a serious fire may develop?


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7. If combustible floors are wet down, are personnel protected from possible electrical shock?


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8. Is welding or cutting prohibited near flammable liquids or heavy dust concentrations?


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Personal Protective Equipment

1. Are appropriate eye protection helmets, hand shields, and goggles provided and readily available?


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2. Are protective garments such as leather gloves, heavy shirts, aprons, shoulder covers, leggings, high shoes, and a cap available?


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3. Are welders prohibited from wearing pants with cuffs shirts with open pockets or any clothing that can catch and hold molten metal or sparks?


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4. Are employees instructed to remove any combustibles, such as a butane lighter or matches,from their clothing prior to welding or cutting?


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5. Are noncombustible screens or barriers used to protect adjacent personnel?


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6. Are respirators available to protect workers from metal fumes during welding or cutting?


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Training

1. Are only authorized and trained personnel permitted to use welding, cutting, or brazing equipment?


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2. Have employees been instructed in the handling and storage of cylinders, safety valves, relief valves and related welding equipment?


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3. Have employees been instructed on the proper means to transport cylinders?


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4. Have employees been instructed to “crack” the valve (standing to one side momentarily open the valve and then close it immediately) before connecting a regulator to clear the valve of dust or dirt?


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5. Are employees prohibited from leaving cylinder valves open when not in use, such as during breaks and at the end of a shift?


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6. Are employees reminded to open valves slowly by hand to avoid gauge damage?


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7. Are employees reminded not to coil or loop welding electrode cables around their bodies?


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8. Is welding equipment frequently inspected for wear and damage?


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9. Is damaged welding equipment immediately removed from service?


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10. Are welders and adjacent employees screened (i.e. interviewed) for having a pacemaker or defibrillator prior to entry into a welding/cutting area?


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Cylinder Storage

1. Are welding gas cylinders stored upright?


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2. Are valve protectors placed on all cylinders not in use?


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3. Are cylinders secured with a chain, strap, or cable to a stationary building support or secured to an appropriate cylinder cart to prevent them from tipping or falling?


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4. Are cylinders stored in designated locations, away from exits, traffic aisles, elevators, stairs, or gangways?


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5. Are cylinders kept away from sources of heat and electrical circuits?


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6. Are cylinders stored in a dry, well-ventilated area at least 20 feet from combustible materials?


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7. Is the cylinder storage area marked with appropriate precautionary signs?


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8. Are oxygen cylinders separated from fuel gas (i.e. acetylene) by a distance of at least 20 feet or separated with a fire-resistant barrier with a ½ hour fire rating?


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9. Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained?


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10. Are empty cylinders appropriately marked, with valves closed, and separated from full cylinders?


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11. Are cylinders regularly examined for obvious signs of defects, deep rusting, or leakage?


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Operations

1. Is only approved welding apparatus (torches, regulators, pressure-reducing valves, acetylene generators, manifolds) used?


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2. Are cylinders, cylinder valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and related welding equipment kept free of oily or greasy substances?


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3. Are friction lighters readily available for lighting torches?


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4. Are hoses free from damage or decay?


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5. Are there any repairs to the welding cable within 10 feet of the holder? If yes, are they discarded?


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6. Are the arc welder cable connections insulated for protection?


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7. Are electrodes removed from holders when left unattended?


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8. Before removing a regulator, is the valve closed and the gas released from the regulator?


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9. Are welding generators properly grounded in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations?


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10. When mounted on vehicles or trailers, are portable welding generators grounded to the frame of the vehicle by a ground wire or bolted metal-to-metal contact?


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11. Is sufficient ventilation provided in the welding/cutting area?


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12. Are oxygen and fuel gas cylinders prohibited in confined spaces?


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