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1926 Subpart J

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH                         1926 Subpart J

Overview for Subpart J
Welding and Cutting

J-1 What are the most frequently cited serious violations?
  1. Arc welding cables improperly spliced or in need of repair (electric shock hazard). 1926.351(b)(2)

  2. Inadequate ventilation while welding within a confined space (explosion or respiratory hazard). 1926.353(b)(1)

  3. Regulators and gauges on compressed gas cylinders not in proper working order (danger of uncontrolled release of compressed gases). 1926.350(h)
J-2 What are effective control measures that can be used to control the hazard listed in J-1?
  1. Welding cables need to be inspected daily, before use, and repaired or replaced if needed. All splicing of cables must maintain the insulated protection with no exposed metal parts. Cables in need of repair are not to be used until they are put into safe serviceable condition.

  2. Confined spaces must be adequately ventilated while welding is underway to control hazardous welding fumes. See sections 1926.353 and 1926.350 for additional specific criteria.

  3. Regulators and gauges need to be inspected daily before welding or cutting begins. Cylinders with defective regulators or gauges are not to be used until the defective equipment is replaced or repaired. See section 1926.350 for specific criteria.

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