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New welding safety guidelines

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With a raft of new work health and safety laws recently introduced for welding processes, BOC is urging all welding operators to seek expert advice to ensure compliance.

Richard Fowles, BOC’s Senior Product Manager for Welding Products in Australia and NZ, said it was crucial the welding industry kept abreast of the important Safe Work Australia reforms aimed at reducing the incidence of work related death, injury and illness. 

He said an important element of the new control measures when working with compressed and liquefied gases was to ensure flashback arresters were fitted at the blow pipe and at the regulator on oxygen and fuel lines of oxy-fuel gas systems.

“Many operators may not be aware that it is now mandatory under the new standard to have flashback arresters fitted on the torch component of welding apparatus.

“The public should also be aware that flashback arresters need to be tested every 12 months and replaced every five years,’’ he said. (These requirements refer to AS4839 - Clause 8.2 and Table 1)

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