Does OSHA require that employees receive welding safety training?
Yes. OSHA’s Welding, Cutting, and Brazing Standards (1910.251-1910.255) mandate various training requirements for welding, cutting, and brazing operations. Furthermore, welding safety is indicated and promoted in other standards of OSHA (i.e. training requirements for permit-required confined spaces, PPE, etc.). OSHA addresses welding, cutting, and brazing in regards to the general industry, and particularly for shipyard employment, marine terminals, and the construction trade.
Which employees are required to receive welding safety training?
Operators of welding equipment must be properly instructed and qualified prior to operation of the respective electrical or fuel-operated machines and equipment. Authorized employees must also be suitably trained on safe operation and the respective PPE.
How often is refresher welding safety training required?
Refresher training in welding safety is required every three years, although employees must also attend trainings in the event of new processes or equipment, or in the event that the employer deems that retraining is necessary because of insufficient employee knowledge or careless behavior.
Does OSHA require specific topics to be covered in welding safety training?
Yes. These topics include: proper equipment operation, handling/storage of welding materials, compressed gas cylinder safety, physical/chemical hazards and hazard control, PPE, fire precautions and fire watch, and hot work procedures.
What is the most common injury to a welder?
The most common injuries for welders are burns, which occur when sparks land on exposed skin. Welding arcs are extremely intense and can cause lasting damage—to skin and to eyes—within just a few minutes of exposure. It is critical that all precautions are taken in order to avoid such unfortunate injuries.
What types of clothing are recommended when arc welding?
Non-flammable clothing is mandatory when welding, and it should completely cover the welder’s skin and should have no pockets, folds, or cuffs. Protective and essential gear also includes a long leather apron with a high bob, flame-resistant leather gloves with long gauntlets to protect hands and wrists, a welding helmet, tall shoes that extend up within the trouser leg (6-8 inch ankle coverage), goggles (eye protection must be worn at all times, and a face mask is highly recommended to protect the rest of the face) and ear covers.
DVD cost effectively trains and retrains an unlimited amount of employees.
No trainer required, just pop in and play.
Video content keeps trainees engaged.
Very convenient, multiple employees don’t need to be pulled off the floor at once for a training session.
Includes both video content and an interactive quiz element to keep workers engaged.
More engaging than traditional training formats.
Can be customized to fit a companies specific work environment and equipment.
The only training option that can cover the "hands on" and "evaluation" portions of the training in addition to the "classroom" portion of the training.
Can be difficult to pull multiple workers off the floor at once to watch the video.
The DVD can get lost or scratched.
DVD can only train workers at a single location.
Due to the per person pricing format, it’s expensive for large companies that need to train hundreds or thousands of employees.
By far the most expensive training medium.
Administering refresher training as well as initial training for new employees can be a logistical nightmare.
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