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Is it a written and communicated policy that only authorized and trained personnel are permitted to use welding, cutting or brazing equipment?

Do all operator have a copy of the appropriate operating instructions and are they directed to follow them?

Are compressed gas cylinders regularly examined for obvious signs of defects, deep rusting, or leakage?

Are cylinders kept away from sources of heat?

Is it prohibited to use cylinders as rollers or supports?

Is care used in handling and storage of cylinders, safety valves, relief valves, and the like, to prevent damage?

Are signs reading: DANGER NO-SMOKING, MATCHES, OR OPEN LIGHTS, or the equivalent posted?

Are cylinders, cylinder valves, couplings, regulators, hoses, and apparatus keep free of oily or greasy substances?

Is red used to identify the acetylene (and other fuel-gas) hose, green for oxygen hose, and black for inert gas and air hose?

Are firewatchers assigned when welding or cutting is performed, in locations where a serious fire might develop?

Are employees exposed to the hazards created by welding, cutting, or bracing operations protected with personal protective equipment and clothing?

Before hot work is begun, are used drums, barrels, tanks, and other containers so thoroughly cleaned that no substances remain that could explode, ignite, or produce toxic vapors?