This program area provides guidance for gas and electric cutting, welding, and soldering operations to prevent loss of life and property from fire, and personal injury from molten globules, intense light, sparks, noise, and exposure to fumes, vapors, gases, and particulates.
This program area also prescribes the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for these operations by Section 2, Cutting and Welding, of the Fire Safety Subject Area. Table 1 indicates the PPE required for each of the different operations. Table 2 shows examples of the PPE and indicates any standards the equipment must meet. Table 3 lists the various shades available for eye protection and indicates the acceptable ranges for various operations. Selection within those ranges is more a matter of worker comfort, and workers should also always select the shade that provides the best comfort and protection.
All cutting and welding operations within the applicable scope of the Fire Safety Subject Area must have a permit, operate under the permit conditions, and immediately cease operations when permit conditions cannot be maintained. All cutting and welding operations must either be done in a Designated Cutting and Welding Area or under conditions specified in a Cutting and Welding Permit.
Last Modified: March 5, 2013