With a raft of new work health and safety laws recently introduced for welding processes, BOC is urging all welding operators to seek expert advice to ensure compliance.
The leading Australian gases and engineering company - which rates safety as its number one priority - said it was crucial the welding industry kept abreast of the important Safe Work Australia reforms aimed at reducing the incidence of work related death, injury and illness.
Richard Fowles, BOC’s Senior Product Manager for Welding Products in Australia and NZ, said BOC was perfectly positioned to assist customers in complying with the complex range of new measures.
"Safety in the workplace has become a critically enforced policy, governed by various bodies around the country.
"As a member of the Linde Group backed by over a 100 years safety experience in the gases industry, BOC has taken the initiative to become a lead distributor of welding-related safety equipment and advice," Mr Fowles said.
Mr Fowles said an important element of the new control measures when working with compressed and liquefied gases was to ensure flashback arresters were fitted at the blow pipe and at the regulator on oxygen and fuel lines of oxy-fuel gas systems.
"Many operators may not be aware that it is now mandatory under the new standard to have flashback arresters fitted on the torch component of welding apparatus.
"The public should also be aware that flashback arresters need to be tested every 12 months and replaced every five years. Regulators are required to be replaced every five years," he said.*
For information on how BOC can assist in creating a safer workplace visit www.boc.com.au or contact customer service centre on 131 262.
* refers to AS4839 - Clause 8.2 and Table 1