This program is applicable to all employees directly involved or assisting in the welding, cutting and hot work operations. When work is performed on a no owned or operated site, the operator’s program shall take precedence, however, this document covers Your Company Name employees and contractors and shall be used on owned premises, or when an operator’s program doesn’t exist or is less stringent. Operators of equipment should report any equipment defect or safety hazards and discontinue use of equipment until its safety has been assured. Repairs shall be made only by qualified personnel.
If fire hazards cannot be taken to a safe place or guards cannot be used to confine heat, sparks, slag and protect the immovable fire hazards, the welding and cutting shall not be performed.
Welding/Hot Work Procedures – any activity which results in sparks, fire, molten slag, or hot material which has the potential to cause fires or explosions. Examples of Hot Work – Cutting, Brazing, Soldering, Thawing Pipes, Grinding, using an electric tool in a hazardous area and Welding. Special Hazard Occupancies – any area containing Flammable Liquids, Dust Accumulation, Gases, Plastics, Rubber and Paper Products. Hazards – includes, but not limited to the following; fires and explosions, skin burns, welding “blindness”, and respiratory hazards from fumes and smoke.