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1910.252(a)(2) Special Precautions
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1910.252(a)(2)(i) Combustible Material
Wherever there are floor openings or cracks in the flooring that cannot be closed, precautions shall be taken so that no readily combustible materials on the floor below will be exposed to sparks which might drop through the floor. The same precautions shall be observed with regard to cracks or holes in walls, open doorways and open or broken windows.
1910.252(a)(2)(iii) Fire Watch
Fire watchers shall be required whenever welding or cutting is performed in locations where other than a minor fire might develop, or any of the following conditions exist:
Appreciable combustible material, in building construction or contents, closer than 35 feet (10.7 m) to the point of operation.
Appreciable combustibles are more than 35 feet (10.7 m) away but are easily ignited by sparks.
Wall or floor openings within a 35-foot (10.7 m) radius expose combustible material in adjacent areas including concealed spaces in walls or floors.
Combustible materials are adjacent to the opposite side of metal partitions, walls, ceilings, or roofs and are likely to be ignited by conduction or radiation.
Fire watchers shall have fire extinguishing equipment readily available and be trained in its use. They shall be familiar with facilities for sounding an alarm in the event of a fire. They shall watch for fires in all exposed areas, try to extinguish them only when obviously within the capacity of the equipment available, or otherwise sound the alarm. A fire watch shall be maintained for at least a half hour after completion of welding or cutting operations to detect and extinguish possible smoldering fires.
Before cutting or welding is permitted, the area shall be inspected by the individual responsible for authorizing cutting and welding operations. He shall designate precautions to be followed in granting authorization to proceed preferably in the form of a written permit.
1910.252(a)(2)(ix) Combustible Walls
Where cutting or welding is done near walls, partitions, ceiling or roof of combustible construction, fire-resistant shields or guards shall be provided to prevent ignition.
Where combustible materials such as paper clippings, wood shavings, or textile fibers are on the floor, the floor shall be swept clean for a radius of 35 feet (10.7 m). Combustible floors shall be kept wet, covered with damp sand, or protected by fire-resistant shields. Where floors have been wet down, personnel operating arc welding or cutting equipment shall be protected from possible shock.
1910.252(a)(2)(vi) Prohibited Areas
Cutting or welding shall not be permitted in the following situations:
1910.252(a)(2)(vi)(A) In Areas Not Authorized by Management
In sprinklered buildings while such protection is impaired.
In the presence of explosive atmospheres (mixtures of flammable gases, vapors, liquids, or dusts with air), or explosive atmospheres that may develop inside uncleaned or improperly prepared tanks or equipment which have previously contained such materials, or that may develop in areas with an accumulation of combustible dusts.
In areas near the storage of large quantities of exposed, readily ignitable materials such as bulk sulfur, baled paper, or cotton.
1910.252(a)(2)(vii) Relocation of Combustibles
Where practicable, all combustibles shall be relocated at least 35 feet (10.7 m) from the work site. Where relocation is impracticable, combustibles shall be protected with flameproofed covers or otherwise shielded with metal or asbestos guards or curtains.
Ducts and conveyor systems that might carry sparks to distant combustibles shall be suitably protected or shut down.
1910.252(a)(2)(x) Noncombustible Walls
If welding is to be done on a metal wall, partition, ceiling or roof, precautions shall be taken to prevent ignition of combustibles on the other side, due to conduction or radiation, preferably by relocating combustibles. Where combustibles are not relocated, a fire watch on the opposite side from the work shall be provided.
1910.252(a)(2)(xi) Combustible Cover
Welding shall not be attempted on a metal partition, wall, ceiling or roof having a combustible covering nor on walls or partitions of combustible sandwich-type panel construction.
Cutting or welding on pipes or other metal in contact with combustible walls, partitions, ceilings or roofs shall not be undertaken if the work is close enough to cause ignition by conduction.
Management shall recognize its responsibility for the safe usage of cutting and welding equipment on its property and:
Based on fire potentials of plant facilities, establish areas for cutting and welding, and establish procedures for cutting and welding, in other areas.
Designate an individual responsible for authorizing cutting and welding operations in areas not specifically designed for such processes.
Insist that cutters or welders and their supervisors are suitably trained in the safe operation of their equipment and the safe use of the process.
Advise all contractors about flammable materials or hazardous conditions of which they may not be aware.
Shall be responsible for the safe handling of the cutting or welding equipment and the safe use of the cutting or welding process.
Shall determine the combustible materials and hazardous areas present or likely to be present in the work location.
Shall protect combustibles from ignition by the following:
Have the work moved to a location free from dangerous combustibles.
If the work cannot be moved, have the combustibles moved to a safe distance from the work or have the combustibles properly shielded against ignition.
See that cutting and welding are so scheduled that plant operations that might expose combustibles to ignition are not started during cutting or welding.
Shall secure authorization for the cutting or welding operations from the designated management representative.
Shall determine that the cutter or welder secures his approval that conditions are safe before going ahead.
Shall determine that fire protection and extinguishing equipment are properly located at the site.
Where fire watches are required, he shall see that they are available at the site.
1910.252(a)(2)(xv) Fire Prevention Precautions
Cutting or welding shall be permitted only in areas that are or have been made fire safe. When work cannot be moved practically, as in most construction work, the area shall be made safe by removing combustibles or protecting combustibles from ignition sources.
1910.252(a)(2)(ii) Fire Extinguishers
Suitable fire extinguishing equipment shall be maintained in a state of readiness for instant use. Such equipment may consist of pails of water, buckets of sand, hose or portable extinguishers depending upon the nature and quantity of the combustible material exposed
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