ES&H Manual



6122 Appendix T3

Inspection of Welding and Cutting Equipment



1.0             Purpose


Biannual inspections of welding and cutting equipment are required to ensure it is kept in good operating condition. This document outlines the responsibilities and process steps established by Jefferson Lab to ensure compliance with this requirement.


2.0             Scope


Only currently inspected welding equipment is approved for use at Jefferson Lab. 


NOTE: Jefferson Lab does not have the certifications required to perform its own annual inspections on welding or cutting equipment.


This document outlines the process steps to obtain a qualified outside vendor to perform this service. The steps for this procedure are performed in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6122 Hot Work (i.e. Welding, Cutting, Brazing, and Grinding) Safety Program.


3.0             Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Qualified Hot Work Operator

·         Prior to use, check equipment’s inspection sticker. If expired:

o   Do not use

o   Notify equipment owner 


3.2              Equipment Owner

·         Ensure equipment is inspected biannually (at a minimum) and maintained in accordance with the Operator’s Manual and Jefferson Lab requirements.


4.0             Process Steps

Unless otherwise stated, the Equipment Owner performs the process steps outlined below.


4.1              Biannual Inspections


Step 1:                        Tag Equipment Out

If equipment is found to need inspection – the Equipment Owner tags it “Out” in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6110 Appendix T1 Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Procedure (Simple and Complex).


Step 2:                        Requisition Vendor

Equipment Owner requisitions inspection services through the Jefferson Lab authorized requisitioning system (Maximo – requires login).


Use “Procurement Should Identify Vendor” to ensure Vendor is qualified to perform the service requested.


Step 3:                        Schedule the Inspection

Once a vendor has been assigned the Equipment Owner ensures they are scheduled to provide services with the least possible impact on operations.


Step 4:                        Inspection Results

Vendor provides inspection results to the Equipment Owner.




Acceptable: Service provider applies appropriate sticker to equipment. Sticker includes both the inspection and expiration date. 


Example Inspection Sticker:





Rejected: Equipment Owner ensures deficiencies are rectified by a certified repair person. Go back to Step 1: Tag Equipment Out.


Step 5:                        Approve Equipment for Use

Equipment Owner approves equipment for use and removes tag-out device. 


Step 6:                        Documentation

Equipment Owner retains inspection records in accordance with department procedures.


5.0             Revision Summary


Revision 1.1 – 04/08/21 – Updated ‘ESH&Q’ to ‘ES&H’; updated contact information; corrected hyperlinks; other minor edits. No approval required.

Periodic Review – 03/25/16 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 1.0 – 04/14/11 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.











ES&H Division

Jenord Alston





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