The provisions of this section shall apply to ship repairing, shipbuilding and shipbreaking.
Drums, containers, or hollow structures which have contained flammable substances shall, before
welding, cutting, or heating is undertaken on them, either be filled with water or thoroughly cleaned of such substances and ventilated and
Before heat is applied to a drum, container, or hollow structure, a vent or opening shall be provided
for the release of any built-up pressure during the application of heat.
Before welding, cutting, heating or brazing is begun on structural voids such as skegs, bilge keels,
fair waters, masts, booms, support stanchions, pipe stanchions or railings, a competent person shall inspect the object and, if necessary, test it for
the presence of flammable liquids or vapors. If flammable liquids or vapors are present, the object shall be made safe.
Objects such as those listed in paragraph (c) of this section shall also be inspected to determine
whether water or other non-flammable liquids are present which, when heated, would build up excessive pressure. If such liquids are determined to be
present, the object shall be vented, cooled, or otherwise made safe during the application of heat.
Jacketed vessels shall be vented before and during welding, cutting or heating operations in order to
release any pressure which may build up during the application of heat.