Before the creation of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), there were no standards for keeping employees safe while at work. Job-related accidents that resulted in deaths were high, as were those that resulted in disabled employees. This was costing businesses millions of dollars in terms of lost production and wages, medical expenses, disability compensation, and human cost. It truly had become a huge burden on businesses and on those who were suffering from work-related accidents.

OSHA thus has instituted safety hazards that all businesses must follow. Some are general; many are industry specific, including for welding. Since 1970 when OSHA was created, work-fatality rate has been cut in half and the overall injury and illness rates have fallen considerably. Missouri Welding Institute recognizes the value that OSHA brings with regards to safety, and we teach our welding students the OSHA standards and regulations all welders need to know. Below, we’ll go into a bit more detail on what these OSHA welding standards are. Contact us today for your free information packet on our welding programs!


General Safety Standards

Fire should be watched for throughout the welding process and maintained for at least a half hour after completion of welding or cutting operations in order to detect and extinguish possible fires that may start. Those designated as fire watchers (and ideally all employees) should be trained in the use of fire extinguishing equipment, and it shall be readily available in order to extinguish a fire. A fire should only try to be extinguished only when it is obvious that the fire extinguishing equipment is adequate to do the job.

Management of welders shall ensure that cutters and welders are suitably trained on their welding equipment on how to use it safely, including informing everyone of flammable materials or hazardous conditions they might not be aware of. Employees shall demonstrate an understanding of PPE before being allowed on the job. Missouri Welding Institute always makes sure our welding students are trained on the safety and use of welding equipment before being allowed to use it.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing should be worn at all times. Employers are responsible for training their employees on when PPE is necessary, what specific items are necessary, how to properly wear these items, their limitations, and the proper care of these items. PPE is vital to safety for welders, and Missouri Welding Institute puts emphasis on PPE training throughout our entire welding course. It is required wear anytime you are in the shop.

First-aid equipment must be on site at all times, and all employees must know where the first-aid supplies are kept. All injuries should be reported as soon as possible and medical attention sought promptly. First-aid shall be rendered until formal medical attention can be administered.

Oxy-Fuel Gas Welding and Cutting

Those who are in charge of the oxygen, fuel-gas supply, and other gases used in welding, including for generators or fuel-gas distribution piping systems shall be trained on such equipment and judged competent to use such equipment before being left on their own to use the equipment. Rules and instructions on how to operate such equipment shall be readily available. Gases and fumes are taken very seriously by the welding community as a whole and by Missouri Welding Institute. As a necessary component for our trade, and for arc welding in particular, we go into a lot of detail to ensure our students feel comfortable around gases, using gases, and using all of the equipment pertaining to gases.

Arc Welding and Cutting

Welders using arc welding equipment shall be properly instructed on how to do so and shall operate arc welding equipment safely. Those in charge of maintaining this equipment shall be properly instructed on how to do so. Like all of the welding equipment here at Missouri Welding Institute, we will teach you everything you need to know to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot all of the equipment here and elsewhere you will need to do your welding job.

Resistance Welding

Welders who are operating resistance equipment shall be properly instructed on how to do so and judged competent to run this equipment before being on their own. Again, Missouri Welding Institute puts safety first, and all of our students will be trained and able to run our welding equipment.

Toxic and Hazardous Substances

Toxic and hazardous substances, including chemicals, are those that can pose a health hazard to humans if exposed to it. OSHA requires that information about chemical and toxic substances must be made available to all employees, as well as protective measures is communicated as well. The use of labels is required, and safety data sheets must be available as well. All employees must be trained to handle chemicals safely, including how to protect themselves from these hazardous substances.

Employers are required to identify and evaluate the respiratory hazards in their workplaces, including having the air tested to determine such hazards if warranted. Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) and Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) have been established for many occupations. TLVs pertain to welding and refers to the airborne concentrations of chemical substances that workers may be repeatedly exposed to everyday that will not cause any adverse effects over the course of the employee’s lifetime. Missouri Welding Institute will cover this in detail as well since understanding the TLVs for welding is crucial when using gases in our trade.

Chromium and Other Gases

Chromium is a popular additive to stainless steel, which helps it not to corrode as easily. It is a chemical element that is also found as an ore, which can be made into metal. Overexposure to chromium (mainly the compound chromium VI) can damage the kidneys, liver, and red blood cells. Chromium is found in high uses in steel, leather, and textile manufacturing. Missouri Welding Institute believes that knowing about these chemicals and how to use them are the first steps to staying safe.

Specialty OSHA Training for Welders

Above are the general and specific requirements for welders as laid down by OSHA. However, some specialities of welding have even more extensive safety training, such as shipyard equipment, marine terminals, and the construction industry. For those interested in these specific career paths, Missouri Welding Institute will help you obtain this OSHA training.


Missouri Welding Institute is a welding school run by welders who have a deep passion to not only help you develop the art and craft of welding, but also to help you see your dreams fulfilled. Welding is a skill that improves over time as you practice it. With each weld you do correctly (and incorrectly), you will gain valuable knowledge for the future.

Missouri Welding Institute believes that through a career in welding, you can develop as a well-rounded person. Welding takes persistence, determination, self-reliance, work ethic, confidence, and a positive attitude. Welding will teach you patience as you work with your tools and reliability as you see them implemented. Welding is creative, fun, and useful. Almost everything made of more than one component part involves welding. You can be a part of what you build around you through welding.

Missouri Welding Institute offers student housing for your convenience, job placement services, and financial assistance. We offer special programs for veterans that can benefit you. We also offer three distinct welding programs to suit your goals, including Master Pipe Welding & Fitting, Master Structural Welding & Fitting, and a custom welding course to offer you exactly what you need to further your welding knowledge and career.

Missouri Welding Institute believes you can change the world one weld at a time. Contact us today for your free information packet on our welding school!