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Start Welding?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by rdm01, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. rdm01

    rdm01 Very Active Member

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    Hello,
    We typically outsource our metal work to a fab shop. They closed their doors a while back, and we've been unsuccessful in finding a place to send our metal work. I've contemplated handling some of the easier metal work in-house. I've welded in the past, as have some of our employees.

    However, I've never brought on the capability from a managerial standpoint, and don't know what is required from an OSHA standpoint. I can handle getting the proper PPE, but are there other items needed to "legally" handle some welding and metal cutting?
     
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    Notarealsignguy Very Active Member

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    PPE, equipment guards, properly capped and stored tanks, no oxy/acet bottles together, possibly fume extraction and respiratory protection (I never see anyone use it except on plasma tables), welding shields/curtains to protect other workers and keep flammables away. There's probably more but I think its pretty basic stuff.
     
  3. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

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    ELECTRICAL:

    Make sure your service panel is capable of handling your electrical needs, and that it is properly grounded. Don't settle for a rinky little 110v welder with a 10% duty cycle, invest in a industrial-rated welder.


    JB
     
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