Oxy/fuel gas equipment has many uses – welding, cutting, heating, straightening, and descaling. The equipment is versatile, easy to move about and relatively inexpensive. As a result, it is used widely in garages, machine shops, engineering workshops, plant maintenance and construction.

Introduction

Oxy/fuel gas equipment has many
uses – welding, cutting, heating,
straightening, and descaling. The
equipment is versatile, easy to move
about and relatively inexpensive. As a
result, it is used widely in garages,
machine shops, engineering
workshops, plant maintenance and
construction.

It is so widely used that sometimes
people forget about the dangers.
Many people are injured each year by
the incorrect or careless use of
oxy/fuel gas equipment. Some people
die.

This leaflet describes the hazards
associated with portable or mobile
oxy/fuel gas equipment and the
precautions for avoiding injury and
damage to propert y. More detailed
guidance is given in the publications
listed at the end of the leaflet.

Risk assessment

Employers are legally required to assess the risks in the
workplace and take all reasonably practicable precautions
to ensure the safety of workers and members of the public.
Before using oxy/fuel gas equipment, a careful assessment of
the risks should be carried out. This is particularly important if
work is being carried out in unfamiliar surroundings.

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