Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Welding Health Hazards.


Mike Harris, PH.D. CIH CP 7472

This course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes. Terminology used in the welding industry is incorporated throughout the PDC as a means of familiarizing participants with the vocabulary used in the workplace. Materials, thermal processes and scenarios associated with potential for overexposures are described. Emphasis is placed on

Manganese and Hexavalent Chromium

exposures as well as many other health and safety hazards. Suggestions for improving the quality of monitoring data are provided as are suggestions for prioritizing exposure assessments. Ventilation techniques and respiratory protection options are also described.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe general health and safety hazards associated with welding and thermal cutting
  • Develop an exposure assessment strategy for welding and thermal cutting strategies
  • Anticipate circumstances that may be expected to result in elevated exposures to

    manganese and hexavalent chromium

  • Recognize and recommend effective ventilation for confined space welding and thermal cutting
  • Identify issues that need to be addressed during welding and thermal cutting in confined spaces.

Instructional methods include power point presentation and group discussions. Attendees will receive “Welding Health and Safety, A Field Guide for OEHS Professionals” as part of the PDC course materials.

This course has been offered at the AIHCE in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008, this course was recognized by course attendees as #3 out of 97 PDCs offered This course has also been offered at the PCIH in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In all cases the ABIH has awarded 1 CM point for attendance.


  • Topic Time (mins)
  • Introductions / Overview, 30 min.
  • Welding / Cutting Processes & Associated Health hazards, 120 min.
  • SEGs and Exposure Assessments, 60 min.
  • Exposure Assessment, Results of Special Assessments, 45 min.
  • Control Considerations, 45 min.
  • Ventilating Confined Spaces, 60 min.
  • Summary / Q&A, 30 min.
  • (Total 6:30 Hours)

Other Courses and On-Site Training

  • Our servcies include on-site presentations of the 8 hour "Anticipation, Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Welding Health Hazards." PDC.

  • H&H offers edited versions of the above PDC to meet specific client needs when less than a full day is available for training.

  • We can provide Confined Space Program Development and Training to meet specific client needs.

  • Among our substance-specific courses, we offer Hexavalent Chromium Program development and training to meet specific client needs.

  • H&H can offer training of client personnel in IH monitoring techniques for compliance with the OSHA Hexavalent Chromium Standard (29 CFR 1910.1026).

  • Clients served in this capacity include:

    • Sandia National Laboratories
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • ExxonMobil Corporation
    • Eastman Chemical
    • Advanced Medical, Hanford Site, Richland Washington
    • Industrial Specialty Contractors
    • Petroleum Service Corporation
    • SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.
    • Intercontinental Terminals, Inc.
    • McDermott, Inc.
    • Merrick Remediation Company
    • CITGO Petroleum Corporation
    • Triad Electric & Controls
    • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Alberta Section of the AIHA
    • San Diego Section of the AIHA
    • Florida Section of the AIHA
    • Georgia Section of the AIHA

  • Please contact H&H to discuss your needs and receive a quotation for on-site training.