AWS Safety & Health Fact Sheets
Download these free Safety and Health Fact Sheets

The free PDF documents below provide clear help in addressing common safety and health concerns. For more detailed information, refer to the free ANSI Z49.1 standard.

1  Fumes and Gases
2  Radiation
3  Noise
4  Chromium and Nickel in Welding Fume
5  Electrical Hazards
6  Fire and Explosion Prevention
7  Burn Protection
8  Mechanical Hazards
9  Tripping and Falling
10  Falling Objects
11  Confined Spaces
12  Contact Lens Wear
13  Ergonomics in the Welding Environment
14  Graphic Symbols for Precautionary Labels
15  Style Guidelines for Safety and Health Documents
16  Pacemakers and Welding
17  Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF)
18  Lockout/Tagout
19  Laser Welding and Cutting Safety
20  Thermal Spraying Safety
21  Resistance Spot Welding
22  Cadmium Exposure from Welding and Allied Processes
23  California Proposition 65
24  Fluxes for Arc Welding and Brazing: Safe Handling and Use
25  Metal Fume Fever
26  Arc Viewing Distance
27  Thoriated Tungsten Electrodes
28  Oxyfuel Safety: Check Valves and Flashback Arrestors
29  Grounding of Portable and Vehicle Mounted Welding Generators
30  Cylinders: Safe Storage, Handling, and Use
31  Eye and Face Protection for Welding and Cutting Operations
33  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Welding and Cutting
34  Coated Steels: Welding and Cutting Safety Concerns
35  Welding Safety in Education and Schools
36  Ventilation for Welding and Cutting
37  Selecting Gloves for Welding and Cutting
38  Respiratory Protection Basics for Welding Operations
40  Asbestos Hazards Encountered in the Welding and Cutting Environment
41  Combustible Dust Hazards in the Welding and Cutting Environment


ANSI Z49.1:2012 Available for FREE Download (pdf)

The American Welding Society’s Board of Directors recently authorized free electronic distribution of the current ANSI Z49.1, Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes. The Board decided this important voluntary welding safety and health standards document should receive the widest distribution possible and has directed that Z49.1:2012 be made available for free download.

During World War II, the huge demand for war materials production placed on the United States brought a tremendous expansion into the use of welding. In mid-1943, it was recognized that some type of code or standard was needed relating to safe practices for performing welding. Under the auspices of the American Standards Association, the standard was drafted and published in 1944. It was entitled American War Standard Z49.1, Safety in Electric and Gas Welding, and Cutting Operations.

Following the war, the standard was first revised in 1950. Subsequent revisions occurred in 1958, 1967, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005 and 2012.

The 2012 revision is now available and accessible for free download from the AWS website. During the period of these revisions, the American Standards Association has become the American National Standards Institute and War Standard ASA Z49.1-1944 has become ANSI Z49.1-2012.

Download ANSI Z49.1-2012 in pdf

Additional Link
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Welding, Cutting and Brazing - Potential Hazards and Possible Controls