U.S. Department of Labor
Process: Hot Work
Introduction: Working with the Shipyard Industry
Shipyards operating in the United States often do not have the benefit of full-time, on-board safety and health specialists. Although help is available from workers' compensation loss control consultants, or state consultation services, their consultants are not always familiar with the unique aspects and hazards of shipyard operations. To meet this need and help prevent injuries, the shipyard community and OSHA have jointly developed Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets (SHIPS).
Representatives of large and small shipyards around the country assisted OSHA in identifying the most frequent hazards and injuries in shipbuilding and ship repair work. Designed for both employers and workers, SHIPS presents information on hazard awareness and controls in a user-friendly format. Pictures from actual shipyards depict hazards and recommended solutions. The time-tested solutions presented are those the shipyard community has found to be most effective in reducing or eliminating shipyard injuries.
The goal of SHIPS is to reduce or eliminate unsafe work practices by increasing employer and worker awareness of safety and health hazards. The first SHIPS presented is Hot Work-Welding, Cutting and Brazing. Some of the material may need to be adapted to different size shipyards and different local conditions. We hope that you will find the information helpful in setting up a plan to make your shipyard a safer and more healthful place to work.
This document is not a standard or regulation and it creates no legal obligations. It is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. Mention or depiction of companies or trade name products in no way constitutes an endorsement by the Department of Labor.
For additional information on this Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheet, contact the Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine at 202-693-2300