Arc Welding Safety

Arc welding is a safe occupation when sufficient measures are taken to protect the welder from potential hazards. When these measures are overlooked, welders can encounter such dangers as electric shock, overexposure to fumes and gases, arc radiation, and fire and explosion. Keeping the arc welding operator in mind, here you will find both mandatory safety practices and those based on shop experience.
Welding Safety FAQs

Electric ShockFumes and GasesFire and Explosion
Miscellaneous Welding Safety
Personal Protective Equipment

Welding Safety Downloads
Welding Safety Printed Materials
Welding Safety DVD 

Interactive Welding Safety Training DVD
Designed to educate arc welders about the safety hazards they may encounter while arc welding and the safe practices they should follow. The content in the program is designed to be understood by welders at all experience levels, welding instructors and students, casual welders, professional welders and their supervisors and employers.

Welding Safety Posters

Welding Safety Posters

Welding Safety Brochures

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safe Use Guides (SUG)

Weld Fume Control
Lincoln Electric offers a complete line of portable, stationary, and engineered solutions for welding fume control. Our team of safety specialists can assist with your questions and concerns, and provide you with a full compliment of weld fume extraction solutions.  

Hexavalent Chromium

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Hexavalent Chromium
OSHA News Release: Provisions of the Hexavalent Chromium Standards
OSHA Final Rule: Occupational Exposure To Hexavalent Chromium

OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide for Hexavalent Chromium Standard  Download
OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standards (MC09-12)  Download

Revised TLV for Manganese

The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) advised in February 2013 that it had adopted the proposed change to the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for manganese. The change was published in the 2013 Edition of its TLVs and Biological Exposure Indices (BEIs) publication.
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Publications from American Welding Society
Safety and Health Fact Sheets
Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes Document - AWS/ANSI Z49.1Recommended Safe Practices for the Preparation of Welding and Cutting of Containers and Piping - ASW F4.1
Additional Welding and Safety Resources
AIHA – American Industrial Hygiene Associate
AWS – American Welding Society  
EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NEMA – National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration
OSHA Publication 2206 (29 CFR 1910 - General Industry Standard)