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SHC Safety and Health Committee

SHC Safety and Health Committee

CHAIR: Denis Clark
SECRETARY: Steve Hedrick
COORDINATOR: Yojaidy Acosta
SCOPE: It is the duty of the AWS Safety and Health Committee to:

  • Promote knowledge concerning occupational environmental effects on the health and safety of personnel involved in welding, brazing, thermal cutting and allied processes, including the storage and handling of welding and thermal cutting equipment and materials.
  • Promote standardization of methods for sampling and analysis of substances and radiations emitted in welding and thermal cutting processes.
  • Develop safe practices and standards for such processes to ensure a safe working environment for welders and associated personnel.
  • Make recommendations concerning projects to be funded by the Safety and Health Research Fund.
  • Establish liaison with other AWS Committees and other organizations to ensure coordination for improved efficiency and to avoid duplication of effort.
  • Nominate and administer the activities of official safety and health representatives of the society on committees of other societies in accordance with the “Rules for the Appointment and Functioning of Representatives of AWS on Technical Committees of Other Societies,” as approved by the Board of Directors.




  • None


  • AWS SH1 Subcommittee on Fumes and Gases
  • AWS SH4 Subcommittee on Labeling and Safe Practices


The SHC Committee seeks volunteers to participate in its standards development process. The committee is recruiting all types of members as well as members with specific interests (Educators and General Interest) in regard to the committee’s scope. Contact Steve Hedrick to learn more about this committee’s work and/or complete the Technical Committee Application.

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