Weld Australia has created two free online Welder Safety Training Courses – one for welders, and the second for welding engineers and supervisors.

Welding is a potentially dangerous process, with many hazards and risks to people’s health. These risks are compounded by the fact that welding is undertaken across a wide range of locations and situations, from workshops and field work, through to confined spaces, underground mine sites, and more. 

Hazards in each of these situations will be different, and require different controls to keep welders and others in close proximity safe.It is critical to manage these risks and hazards so that people working in the welding industry are kept safe and return home at the end of each day without injury.

To this end, Weld Australia has developed and released two free online welder safety training courses. 

How to Access the Courses

The courses can be accessed via: https://weldtraining.online.

To start the courses, all you need is an account for Weld Australia’s online training platform. If you don’t already have an account, you can quickly and easily create one via the link in the top right-hand corner of the platform’s homepage.

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About the Courses

The objective of the Welder Safety training courses is to improve safety awareness, knowledge and outcomes across the welding industry. The courses cover a broad range of subject material across welding processes. They provide details of hazards that may be encountered and how to manage them in the workplace. The hierarchy of controls are discussed, with a particular focus on engineering controls and the correct use of PPE. 

The courses also reinforce procedures that should be used, such as correct set up and use of equipment and the correct handling of gas cylinders and welding machines. Assessment and certification for course participants is also available.

Course Content

For Welders

  • Principles of Safe Working
  • Electrical Safety
  • Gas Safety and Cylinder Handling
  • Skin and Eye Protection
  • Fire and Explosion Protection
  • Fumes and Ventilation
  • Noise Control
  • Protective Equipment for Welding and Allied Processes
  • Welding and Cutting in Confined Spaces
  • Welding and Cutting in or on Containers
  • Welding and Cutting in Hot or Humid Conditions
  • Welding and Cutting at Heights or Underneath Construction
  • Protection during Weldment Testing

For Welding Supervisors

  • Principles of Safe Working
  • Electrical Safety
  • Skin and Eye Protection
  • Welding and Cutting at Heights or Underneath Construction
  • Protection during Weldment Testing
  • WHS Case Studies

How and Why to Use the Courses

For Companies

  • Enhance Staff Inductions: Incorporating the welding safety courses into your induction process for new hires ensures all employees start with a solid foundation in safety practices. It helps set a company-wide safety standard from day one.

  • Regular Employee Refreshers: The courses can be used as part of an ongoing training program to keep employees up to date with the latest safety techniques. Regular refreshers help maintain safety awareness, reducing risk of accidents.

  • Compliance with Regulations: By leveraging the courses, organisations can help ensure compliance with safety laws and regulations. This helps avoid legal issues and fines and, more importantly, creates a safer working environment.

  • Help Reduce Accidents and Insurance: Educating employees on safety can reduce workplace accidents, leading to lower workers’ compensation claims and insurance costs. A well-trained workforce is less likely to engage in unsafe practices.

For Individuals

  • Improve You Knowledge: By undertaking these courses, you can gain essential knowledge on how to protect yourself from hazards like burns and harmful fumes. Learning about PPE and emergency procedures can be life-saving.

  • Improve Your Employability: Looking to start or advance a career in welding? Completing the courses demonstrates to employers that you’re serious about your career and committed to safety, making you stand out in the job market.

  • Support for Hobbyists: If you’re a hobbyist welder (or know someone who is), safety education is just as important. Free courses can provide the knowledge to safely enjoy welding at home, protecting yourself, your family, and your property. 

  • Foster a Culture of Safety: By educating yourself, you contribute to a culture of safety. Sharing knowledge with peers, and practicing safe welding can influence others to prioritise safety, reducing overall welding-related accidents.

For further information contact: Andrew Davies (Manager, Technical Industry Networks, Weld Australia) a.davies@weldaustralia.com.au or 0438 428 966.