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This topic covers OSHA’s regulations for welding, cutting, and brazing operations in general industry workplaces (29 CFR 1910.251-255), also known as “hot work” activities.

Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime. For these reasons, OSHA has developed several regulations designed to protect workers from injuries and illnesses related to welding, cutting, and brazing operations.

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Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-12.6 - 29 CFR 1910.218 Forging Machines 07/07/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-14.1 - Replacement Welding Tips 07/09/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.251 Definitions  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.252 General requirements  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.253 Oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.254 Arc welding and cutting  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.255 Resistance welding  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Arc Welding Safety (Outline)  National
Toolbox Talks Arc Welding Safety (Word)  National
Quizzes Arc Welding Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Arc Welding Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Arc Welding Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Arc Welding Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] -- Spanish  National
Interpretations Certification of manufactured products intended for use in the workplace. 12/14/1994National
Interpretations Clarification of the OSHA reference to welding rods in a 03/21, Memorandum to Regional Administrators [1910.1200] 10/06/1995National
Interpretations Conflict between requirements of 1910.252 and 1910.146 07/30/1993National
Questions & Answers Do I need to ground a gas powered welding machine to ground I am only welding? 11/08/2018National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA have specific regulations for welding processes (TIG, MIG, stick welding, etc.)? 11/04/2009National
Questions & Answers Does welding in a confined space require an on-site attendant who is trained in and can perform rescue services? Can that attendant enter the space to perform rescue? 11/01/2017National
Interpretations Enforcement of ventilation requirements for welding operations.[1910.252(c)] 08/27/1993National
Interpretations Flashback Arrestors and Backflow Protective Equipment for Welding Operations. [1910.253] 01/28/1992National
Interpretations General industry and construction standards regarding "in use" or "ready to use" and "storage" of compressed gas and oxygen cylinders for welding; §1910.253(b)(2)-1910.253(b)(4) and §1926.350(a)(10). [1910.253; 1910.253(b)(2); 1910.253(b 05/08/2006National
Interpretations Hazards associated with aluminum grinding.[1915.4(r); 1915.504(b)] 10/08/2009National
Puzzles Hot Work (PDF)  National
Policies Hot Work (Word)  National
Handouts Hot Work Hazards (PDF)  National
Quizzes Hot Work Hazards (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Hot Work Hazards (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Checklists Hot Work Permit - Prework Inspection Checklist  National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Hot Work Safety (Outline)  National
Quizzes Hot Work Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Hot Work Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Quizzes Hot Work Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Handouts Hot Work Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Employee News Articles Hot work tips  National
Questions & Answers I can't find any guidance in 1910.251 - 1910.254 that talks about tack welding. I would like to cite something other than the General Duty clause. Any suggestions? 03/06/2008National
Questions & Answers I'm looking for a template for "Hot Work Permitting." Do you have one? 03/04/2010National
Handouts Identifying Welding Hazards (PDF)  National
Questions & Answers If a welding lead has exposed wires can it be repaired? Also the same with the grounding wire. 10/02/2015National
Questions & Answers Is eye protection required in addition to wearing a welding helmet? 10/26/2012National
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