Safety Tip of the Week – Hot Work Safety

 Hot Work Safety

When you weld, cut, or grind, the potential for accidents is significant. Eyes and skin can be burned, hearing can be damaged, and an electric shock can kill you. Even the fumes and gases produced during the welding process can damage your respiratory system or cause asphyxiation.

Personal protective equipment (PPE):

It’s crucial to be cautious. Wear your personal protective equipment (PPE), maintain a safe workplace, and follow safety rules.

Your PPE should include:

  • Eye protection to shield against sparks, molten metal and welder’s flash;

  • Hearing protection;

  • Clothing made of heat-resistant materials, such as an apron made of leather;

  • Safety boots;

  • Gloves made of leather or other flameproof fabric; and

  • Respiratory protection to protect against toxic chemicals and gases.

Hot work safety rules:

  • Try to weld only in well-ventilated areas.

  • Do not weld, cut, or grind near flammable or combustible materials, liquids, vapors, or dusts.

  • Have the appropriate fire extinguisher close by.

  • Use only approved equipment in good condition and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Inspect equipment for loose connections and bare wires or cables before operating. Make sure the machinery is properly grounded.

  • Handle compressed gas cylinders safely, following proper use and storage procedures.

  • Keep aisles and stairways clear of cables and equipment.

  • Keep other people a safe distance from welding and cutting operations.

  • Know where the safety showers and eyewash stations are and how to use them.

Fires that are small…soon will be tall!! 

Download flyer: STOTW_50_HotWorkSafety.pdf (108.90 kb)

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