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Extinguish the Flame

5 Reasons Why OSHA Regulations Have Led More Users to Switch to Induction Heat

Wednesday June 22, 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a regulatory agency that is tasked with ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for both private and public sector workers as a subset of the United States Department of Labor. The organization has set strict regulations regarding the use of open flame torches within the workplace in order to accomplish safety goals. This includes OSHA-defined welding parameters, OSHA standards for oxygen-acetylene storage, and a variety of other measures that must be followed.

Because of these critical requirements that can require expensive upgrades, the team at Induction Innovations is often told that professional shops need safe, effective alternatives to remove seized parts, and bed liners, repair auto glass, and repair construction equipment. We’ve outlined several reasons why OSHA requirements and other induction heating benefits have led professional technicians to switch from traditional flame torches and welders to modern induction heating products that promote safety and are cost-effective.

OSHA Open Flame Regulations

It’s entirely feasible that because of the many OSHA standards for fire prevention and protection that torch shops should consider transitioning away from the open flame. Some of the most logical reasons include the following:

1. Fire Hazards & Guards

In order to ensure safety, OSHA notes that when objects requiring cutting or welding cannot be moved, all movable fire hazards must be taken to a safe place. This includes the use of guards for confinement when fire hazards can’t be relocated. Without these actions, cutting and welding cannot take place. In manufacturing production settings, logistics and the purchase of specialized guards costs valuable time and money. Mini-Ductor® Induction Heater Tool Models are designed to help curb these issues. They are handheld flameless torch solutions that can fit around hard-to-reach areas, and because they operate without a flame, there is less need for guarding hard-to-move or immovable objects.

2. Combustible Material

OSHA requires that no open flames or other sources of ignition be operated within 50 feet of flammable liquids. Additionally, precautions must be taken to enclose any floor openings or cracks to ensure they aren’t exposed to sparks. Oxygen-acetylene torches and welders likely can both ignite any combustible material within their vicinities. An Induction heater when used properly is a safer alternative. Products like the Inductor® Pro-Max Fully Loaded (PM-200FL) use induction Heat to produce high performance heat for precise accuracy in heating bearings, O2 sensors, and more, without the risk (or the need for expensive fuel and other consumables). Heating where you need it, when you want it.

3. Prohibited Areas

There are a wide variety of industrial areas where OSHA requirements do not allow open flame operation. This includes:
• Near explosive or flammable gas, vapor, liquid, and dust mixtures.
• Near materials that could ignite.
• In any area that hasn’t been established with procedures for cutting and welding and that has been made “fire safe.”

4. Fire Watchers & Related Resource Needs

In many cases, OSHA regulations require “fire watchers” on staff whenever there are welding or cutting operations being performed and combustible materials or wall or floor openings are nearby. These individuals require training and must be equipped with fire extinguishing equipment, in addition to watching the operational area for at least 30 minutes after the completion of a job in case of smoldering.

5. Safety Equipment

Naturally, the use of an oxygen-acetylene torch requires personal safety equipment such as helmets, hand shields, goggles, and any safeguards when working off of the ground, including railings and welding cables. Induction heating safety is less intensive, though users will still need to use caution while handling the tool and all necessary precautions should still be taken. Breach of insulators or failure of any type of electrical equipment should be a concern as they may generate a spark. 

Lower Insurance Premiums

While each company that transitions to induction heating solutions has a unique situation, Induction Innovations has found that our customers save, spending 10%-30% less on their insurance premiums than users of traditional torches. This can only be connected to the fact that induction heating tools provide a high safety value, in addition to their precision for productivity.
Learn more about the case against oxygen-acetylene torches and welders and discover why so many industries have made the switch to induction heating alternatives.

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The team at Induction Innovations is happy to answer any questions you may have about induction heating, our tools, and the importance of using safe, effective products for critical applications. Get in touch with us today via phone at 877-688-9633 or email at info@theinductor.com.


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