Metal welding safety: Practical advice for employers on controlling hazards when welding

How employers can reduce or eliminate the serious workplace health and safety risks for welders.


What it contains

Welders are most likely to be injured when producing industrial or commercial machinery and fabricated metal products. This document explains how employers can provide a safe work environment and reduce injury risks. It identifies major hazards and risk controls for:

  • welding equipment that is damaged, incorrectly used or that has electrical faults
  • the welding process, including workers being exposed to gases and fumes
  • welded objects that contain flammable or explosive substances
  • welding with gases
  • welding operators with inadequate training for the task or equipment
  • welding in an uncontrolled environment