Line Breaking

Learning objectives

  • Define line breaking and the phases of the line breaking process
  • Identify the hazards involved with line breaking and the components of a line breaking hazard assessment
  • Identify the actions you need to take to ensure that you are prepared for the line breaking job and authorized to do the work
  • Identify the steps required to open a line, including the techniques and devices you may use to protect yourself and others from potentially harmful line content

Course overview

This lesson will address the basic hazards involved with line breaking, which involves opening a pipe, line, or duct that contains, or has contained, material capable of causing injury. The lesson also describes how to prepare for and safely complete a line break on a pipe, line, or duct that you need to repair or maintain.

  • 25 minutes
  • English, Spanish
Course Outline
  • Line Breaking Basics
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Pre-Job Activities
  • Opening the Line
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart H – Hazardous Materials – 1910.119 Process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart J - General Environmental Controls - 1910.146 Permit-required confined spaces
  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart J - General Environmental Controls- 1910.147 The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration Publication, General Duty Clause, OSHA Act of 1970
  • Ian Sutton Technical Books, Equipment Isolation Methods, Viewed November 9, 2021
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