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Welding Safety Checklist

Use this checklist before beginning a welding task. Start by describing the work and taking a photo of the worksite. Indicate if the worker has undergone proper training, understands the task, and wears the proper PPE. After that, assess if the equipment is in good working condition and the workplace is ventilated, free from flammable substances, items, and obstructions. Determine whether or not the instructions were followed throughout the welding process. Complete the report by suggesting any recommendations and finish by giving an overall safety rating.
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Welding Safety Checklist

Inspection

GENERAL INFORMATION

Describe the work:

Attach a photo of the worksite

PRE-OPERATION

OPERATORS

Are all directions clear and understood by the welders?

Are all welders aware of their assigned tasks?

Are all welders properly trained/certified?

Do all welders know the safety and emergency protocols?

Do all welders know how to work with the welding machine?

Are all welders wearing the appropriate PPE?

WELDING MACHINE

Is the cable size match the voltage?

Are all welding cables, wirings, and electrode holder insulations in good working condition?

Are all welding ends and joints in good condition?

WORK AREA

Are there warning signs posted throughout the area?

Is the work area clean and free of flammable items or substances and obstructions?

Is there a proper Class ABC fire extinguisher nearby while welding?

Are flammable floors wetted or guarded?

Is the work area restricted to non-welders?

Is the work area ventilated?

Are flammable walls shielded or protected?

Is a fire blanket accessible within the area?

ON-GOING OPERATION

Are all welders wearing a certified respirator?

Do welders avoid coiling an electrode cable near their bodies?

Are fuel-gas cylinders installed with the valve end up?

Are all welders using dry insulation?

Are all cylinders absent while lifting a machine?

Is the arch shield used to implement an extra layer of protection?

Are all welders shielded from the heat and debris that emits from their machines?

Are oxygen cylinders only operated with clean hands or gloves?

POST-OPERATION

Are all welding devices turned off and properly stored?

Are waste pieces properly disposed of in a selected waste container?

Is the gas cylinder plug completely closed and put away?

Are all incidents reported to a supervisor?

Are all flammable materials removed from the jobsite?

Is all the equipment cleaned and stored appropriately?

COMPLETION

Additional recommendations:

Overall risk rating:

Full name and signature of the inspector:

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