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Welding Occupational Safety (OSHA)

Welding Occupational Health & Safety

Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime. Welding, cutting, and brazing is addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, and construction industry.


General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)

  • 1915 Subpart D, Welding, cutting and heating
    • 1915.51, Ventilation and protection in welding, cutting and heating
    • 1915.52, Fire prevention. This section has been superseded by 1915 Subpart P, Fire protection in shipyard employment (see below).
    • 1915.53, Welding, cutting and heating in way of preservative coatings
    • 1915.54, Welding, cutting and heating of hollow metal containers and structures not covered by 29 CFR 1915.12
    • 1915.55, Gas welding and cutting
    • 1915.56, Arc welding and cutting
    • 1915.57, Use of fissionable material in ship repairing and shipbuilding
  • 1915 Subpart I, Personal protective equipment
    • Appendix A, Non-mandatory guidelines for hazard assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE) selection, and PPE training program
  • 1915 Subpart P, Fire protection in shipyard employment
  • 1915 Subpart Z, Toxic and hazardous substances

Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1917)

  • 1917 Subpart G, Related terminal operations and equipment
    • 1917.152, Welding, cutting and heating (hot work). See also 29 CFR 1917.2, definition of hazardous cargo, materials, substance or atmosphere)

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

Making Your Web Search Easier

When searching the World Wide Web (www) for information, there are a few tips that can expedite your search and make it easier.

  1. Use META search engine such as DOGPILE.  META SEARCH meaning that it gets results from multiple search engines and directories and then presents them combined to the user.  The engines searched include algorithmic results from Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves, sponsored listings from Google, Overture and Looksmart, and other listings from About and Dogpile's own "web search picks."

  2. Search phrases by keeping words together.  type: "arc welding"  NOT arc welding. Use quotation marks to keep words together.

  3. Search within your results: Right now you might be thinking, 'What? No way!  How am I going to narrow down my results. Well have no fear - I've got a little secret for you: When you need to narrow or modify results, simple add another search term to the box.

  4. Limit the search to one website.  Often you have an idea of a great website, but there is no search box on the website -- you don't know where to look -- Don't waste time.  This is how you find quality information quickly.  If you want to find a video on the American Welding Society's website, your search should look like this: search term followed by site:www.nameofsite....

    Search box:  video site:www.aws.org

Evaluating Web Sites

How can you tell if a web site is trustworthy or not? It's not always easy, but there are things that you can look for that will help you decide.  

  • Who is the author? Are they qualified to talk about this subject?
  • How accurate is the information? You may need to compare what you find with another source to answer this question.
  • Who is the audience? This can influence how much detail is included.
  • What point of view is being represented? All sites have a bias, but is it obvious or are they trying to hide something?
  • How up to date is the site? Older information may no longer be accurate.