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Oxy Cutting Equipment
The major hazards associated with gas welding and cutting are:
• eye damage;
• heat stress;
• respiratory disease; and
To prevent these accidents and injuries from occurring, gas cutting and welding equipment must be properly inspected, maintained and operated.
At the end of this talk you will know:
• how to correctly check gas cutting and welding equipment;
• how to correctly start up and shut down gas cutting and welding equipment;
• the fire safety precautions; and
• the Personal Protective Equipment you need to wear.
A major cause of accidents involving gas cutting and welding is inadequate checking and maintenance of the equipment. Before using any gas cutting equipment you should always check the condition of the:
• pressure regulators and gauges;
• hoses; and
• hand piece.
We will now look at the checks that you should carry out on these items of equipment.
Note: Oxy-fuel processes may use a variety of fuel gases, the most common being acetylene. Other gases that may be used are propylene, liquified petroleum gas (LPG), propane, natural gas, hydrogen, and MAPP gas. The safety requirements for each fuel are similar today we will cover Acetylene and LPG.