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Welding and Allied Processes

 Safe Operating Procedure



 Abstract





 Document Control

A. System
RETSD Quality Management System
B. System ID
​QMS-000046
C. Sector
​Workplace Safety and Health Management System
D. Sector ID
​WSHMS-02B-SOP-013-02
E. Domain
​Public
F. Repository
​Divisional SharePoint Website
G. Audience
​All Staff
H. Status
​Current
I. Title:
Welding and Allied Processes
J. Format
​HTML
K. Type
​Safe Operating Procedure
L. Tags

M. Origin
​2010-08-31
N. Reviewed

O. Revised
P. Owner
​Manager, Workplace Safety and Health and Administrative Services
Q. Owner Email
​safetyofficer@retsd.mb.ca
R. Primary Approval
​Divisional  Workplace Safety and Health Committee
S. Department Approval
​Director of Human Resources
T. Senior Administration  Approval
​Assistant Superintendent - Human Resources 
U. Board Approval
​GBG Workplace Safety and Health
V. Notes

W. Scheduled Review

X. File Address
Y. User Defined 1

Z. User Defined 2



 Safe Operating Procedure Controlled Document

WSHMS-02B-SOP-013-05

PURPOSE

 

To establish divisional expectations and standards regarding a  welding and allied processes program at River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) that meets or exceeds all municipal, federal and provincial legislated workplace safety and health program requirements.

 

A  welding and allied processes program must be defined and documented for compliance as part of Element 2, identify and control hazards and emergencies, for the effective development and implementation of a workplace safety and health program under Manitoba legislation.

 

SCOPE

 

This safe operating procedure and associated documents establish a procedure for a welding and allied processes program for all workers at RETSD.

 

The best practices apply to all RETSD worksites where welding and applied processes take place.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

School Workers

 

School workers are expected to follow all welding and allied processes program regulations.

Maintenance Workers

 

Maintenance workers are expected to follow all welding and allied processes program regulations.

Transportation Workers

 

Transportation workers are expected to follow all welding and allied processes program regulations.

Contractors

 

Contractors are expected to follow all welding and allied processes program regulations.

WELDING AND ALLIED PROCESSES PROGRAM GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

River East Transcona School Division shall comply with all requirements for safe welding and allied processes.

 

River East Transcona School Division uses a welding and allied processes (as defined below) work permit process to control these activities on site.

 

Definition: "welding or allied process"

 

"welding or allied process" means any type of electric or fuel gas welding or cutting process, including

 

(a)arc welding, brazing, solid‑state welding, soldering, resistance welding, and other welding; and

 

(b)allied processes such as thermal spraying and thermal adhesive bonding, and arc cutting, laser cutting, oxygen cutting or other cutting.

 

CSA Standard

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that all welding and allied processes in the workplace comply with the requirements of CSA Standard W117.2‑01 (R2006), Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes.

 

Contained Welding or Allied Process

 

When a container, pipe, valve or fitting

 

(a)holds or may have held an explosive, flammable or otherwise hazardous substance; or

 

(b)may become pressurized to the point of being a hazard to a person at a workplace;

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that any welding or allied process performed by a worker is performed in accordance with the safe work procedures developed.

 

Electric Arc Welding

 

River East Transcona School Division shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that a worker does not perform electric arc welding if another worker may be exposed to radiation from the arc unless the other worker is using an appropriate eye protector or is protected from the radiation by an appropriate barrier.

 

Appropriate Welding and Ground Leads

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that appropriate welding and ground leads are used to fasten the electric supply cable securely so that the inner wires of an electric welding machine are not exposed to damage and the cable cannot be separated from the fittings.

 

Testing for Gas Welding and Allied Process

 

River East Transcona School Division shall ensure that a person performing a gas welding or allied process tests a regulator and its flexible connecting hose immediately after it is connected to a gas cylinder to ensure that there is no leak of the gas supply.

 

Flashback Arresters

 

When gas welding or an allied process is carried out, River East Transcona School Division shall:

 

(a)provide a flashback between the torch and the fuel gas and oxygen supply that

 

(i)prevents the reverse flow of fuel, gas, oxygen or air from the torch to the supply lines, and

 

(ii)stops a flame from burning back from a torch into the supply lines;

 

(b)ensure that hose lines or pipelines for conveying the gases to the burner and the couplings are legibly marked or identified to ensure the hoses are not interchanged; and

 

(c)ensure that the torch is ignited by a lighting device that is designed for that purpose.

 

Fire Watch

 

During welding and allied processes conducted in areas where there is a significant chance of causing fire, a person shall be designate, with appropriate fire extinguishing equipment, to watch for fire and to put out any materials that may catch fire.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

A combination of hard-copy postings, distributions and electronic posting will be used to communicate safety and health program information within RETSD.

TRAINING

 

All stakeholders shall be trained to their required level of involvement in the WSHMS to become familiar with its structure, organization, and how to look up and access information both electronically and in hard copy form through:

 

  • New employee orientation, employee manuals or employment information packages

 

  • Return to work or remedial programs, as required on an individual basis

 

  • Planned ongoing training through team meetings, individual coaching or other methods as developed or adopted

ENFORCEMENT

 

Ultimately, the superintendent shall be responsible for the sustainability of the WSHMS, and shall enforce compliance to standards at a divisional level.

 

Workplace safety and health management system compliance shall be managed through the application of performance management and progressive discipline policies and procedures.

 

Worker failure to comply with provisions of the RETSD safety program may lead to discipline, up to and including discharge from employment and / or other remedies available at law.


REFERENCES

Prepared:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Controlled:

Divisional Safety and Health Officer

Reviewed:

Divisional Workplace Safety and Health Committee

Issued: 

Director of Human Resources

Approved:

Director of Maintenance

Origin Date:

Auigust 31, 2010

Last Revised:

July 30, 2018

Last Reviewed:

July 30, 2018

Next Review On or Before:

July 30, 2021


Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Act or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation or equivalent legislation as applicable

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 02 – General Duties

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 17 – Welding and Allied Processes

 

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Program Element 02 – Identifying and Controlling Hazards

 

All other associated and applicable workplace safety and health management system documents