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Member $250 | Non-Member $350

Adapted from a popular professional development course, this course describes common welding and thermal cutting processes and the health/safety hazards associated with these processes. Terminology used in the welding industry is incorporated throughout the course as a means of familiarizing participants with the vocabulary used in the workplace. Materials, thermal processes and scenarios associated with the potential for overexposures are described. Emphasis is placed on manganese and hexavalent chromium exposures as well as many other H&S hazards. Suggestions for improving the quality of monitoring data are provided as are suggestions for prioritizing exposure assessments. Ventilation techniques and respiratory protection options are also described. Includes access to our 2019 webinar, "Welding Fumes: Suggestions for Future Research."

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Course outline

  • Module 1: Getting Started
  • Module 2: Welding Overview
  • Module 3: Anticipation & Recognition of Welding Health Hazards
  • Module 4: Evaluation of Welding Health Hazards
  • Module 5: Controlling Exposures
  • Module 6: Applied Ventilation for Hotwork in Confined Spaces
  • Course Wrap-Up and Online Final Exam

​Who will benefit

This online self-study course will benefit IH’s who are responsible for the health and safety of workers who are exposed to hotwork (welding) processes.

​Time to complete

This course will take approximately 8 hours to complete. You will have up to 6 months from your purchase date to complete your coursework, successfully pass the online final exam and complete the online course evaluation.

Course materials

All course materials are provided as PDF downloads via the course online community (registrant-access only). No hardcopy materials are mailed for this course.

Registrants connect and get unlimited 24/7 web access for 6 months. Materials in this course include:

  • A full e-learning suite of 6 modules incorporating presentation video and interactive activities
  • Course e-textbook (Welding: An Exercise in Applied Industrial Hygiene Student Guide)
  • Supplemental e-texts (Welding Health & Safety: A Field Guide for OEHS Professionals, and Field Guidelines for Temporary Ventilation of Confined Spaces with an Emphasis on Hotwork)

An online final exam and evaluation are required for successful completion of this course.


Mike Harris, PhD received his PhD from Louisiana State University and is President of Hamlin & Harris, Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA. His welding experience includes teaching aircraft welding at the U.S. ARMY Transportation School, welding environmental test equipment for Ling Electronics, welding aircraft drop tanks at Royal Industries, and welding pressure vessels for nuclear submarines at Aerojet General. Harris was also the 2014 recipient of the Donald E Cummings award.


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