The purpose of this standard is to give the Hire Service technician the required skills and knowledge to safely complete inspections and conduct service and routine repairs on Welding, Heating and Cutting equipment
Nomenclature - names of different types & components of welders, cutting and heating equipment
Inspection - Following clean-down, be able to identify components to be inspected according to manufacturer schedules; carry out visual inspections, recording using correct terminology, items which may require attention such as leaks, damaged power cables, welding cables, gas connections
Pre-use Checks - Understand risk assessments and dangers (i.e. electric shock, explosion/fire) associated with each power source ; identify correct PPE for task and create a safe working area / zone off operating area to conduct basic checks following manufacturer and employer checklists before equipment is operated:
petrol (2 & 4 stroke); diesel engined arc welding equipment, transformers and electrical for welding & cutting plus propane, butane and paraffin heaters
Equipment operational checks - select the correct PPE for each category- i.e welding mask; employ safe lifting techniques and follow manufacturer safe start up and operation procedures to check full functionality of all controls, switches and gauges/warning systems
Basic servicing - knowledge training will cover all aspects of internal combustion engine (lubrication, cooling and filters for internal combustion; transformers; heating systems (convective and radiant with differing power sources) and types of cutting equipment bench, circular, chop saws, angle grinders, disc cutters) and the technician will be able to conduct safe oil change procedures, level checking and top-ups and dispose of oils, rags and used filters according to employer environmental waste disposal procedures.
Fault diagnosis - will have sufficient knowledge to successfully diagnose common faults and be able to fault find on actual machinery including fuel and ignition faults; using electrical testing equipment; pressure tests on gas piping/valves and leak detector solution
Repairs - will have sufficient knowledge to review risk assessments and describe hazards and controls to be used for conducting repairs; what components can be repaired or replaced without return to manufacturer’s agent and know how to and carry out basic repairs across a range of Welding, Heating and Cutting equipment
Record keeping - know what records need to be completed, how and when and then complete records for practical repair work carried out above.
Legislation - Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information.