Welding and cutting operations present a variety of hazards, not only to those carrying out the operation but in many instances to others in the vicinity.
In the workshop there are a number of hazards specific to welding or cutting. In addition, there may be other hazards of a more general nature present in the fabrication environment.
All potential hazards need to be identified, measured (where appropriate) and assessed. Remedial measures must be put in place wherever necessary.
Although Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be issued as the primary method of reducing a hazard, it should be issued to all personnel if beneficial.
Employers and employees should be made fully aware of the dangers that can arise and take all reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of all.