Quick Start Guide
Chapter 33: Welding, Joining, and Thermal Cutting
Program: Welding Safety Program
Revision Record: http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/Pub3000Changes.html
Who needs to know about these requirements?
The requirements of the Welding Program apply to
- Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, guests, and subcontractors
Whenever they are
- Performing welding at Berkeley Lab
The unsafe performance of welding, brazing, soldering, thermal cutting, or similar joining processes or thermal cutting may result in
- Health issues or injuries caused by exposure to heat, process fumes, shielding gases, flux, noise, radiation
- Fatal injuries (e.g., caused by fire or electrical hazards)
- Fire and explosions
- Violation of federal and state regulations
What you need to do before performing work:
- Define work/protocols.
- Divisions proposing to prepare a welded joint shall use the LBNL Work Request Center to request welding services. See Work Process A (Procedure) of this chapter.
- Facilities Division and Engineering Division welding processes and procedures will be followed to ensure welding is performed safely by qualified and authorized welders, and conducted in a manner that is compliant with applicable codes and regulations.
- For the vast majority of low-risk welding and joining processes (e.g., soldering, glass blowing, brazing plumbing joints, and spot welding joints), the Berkeley Lab Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) process satisfies the welding requirements in this chapter.
- Analyze hazards. Perform risk assessment.
- This PUB-3000 chapter (Chapter 33) describes resources and processes for evaluating welding hazards. See Work Processes A and C in Chapter 33.
- For high-risk welded joints, each joint or assembly shall be separately evaluated by appropriately trained and qualified individuals. Each evaluation will be specifically documented.
Safe work practices for specific risk levels may reduce welding, joining, and thermal cutting hazards. Follow the guidelines in the following required work processes:
- Develop Controls
Where to find out more:
Whom to contact for help: