Welding 101: How To Stay Safe While Welding

  • January 24, 2018

welding safetyWelding is the activity that involves fusion of given materials; metals to be particular. This is done by use of high-temperature rate respective to the melting point of the type of metal being used. The activity poses numerous health and environmental hazards to welders and this calls for safety measures to mitigate them. The measures range from welders’ personal caution while handling the activity to use of safety equipment.

The importance of self-caution

To start with, the most significant safety measure is the welders’ self-caution in their day to day activity. This helps to reduce safety risks by about 50%. Self-caution centers around being move-sensitive; touch sensitive as well as observing best practices in welding. Gas cylinders should be handled with a lot of care and always confirmed that they are not leaking while in storage. Being self-cautious also involves being self-disciplined and wearing protective clothing.

Welding should be done in an area without combustible gases. Welding in such areas imposes a great risk of explosion and fire outbreaks. If only such locations are available, non-inflammable shields should be put in place to avoid explosions. Moreover, fire extinguishers should be placed in strategic locations to help fight random explosions. The welding management also needs to ensure there’s proper maintenance of extinguishers.

Some devices have been developed to keep watch of modicum fires around the welding environments. These gadgets include fire watches and CCTV cameras which help in surveillance within the setting. The devices should be serviced regularly for a guaranteed security.

The importance of the right gear

Welders should wear protective gear while undertaking welding activities. Putting on welding glasses helps to protect their eyes from the strong light produced by their welding machine. A pair of gloves, an apron, and a pair of welding boots will protect you from the sparks when welding.

Gas cylinders should be handled with dry hands, handling them with greasy, oily or wet hands makes them slippery. This may lead to injuries to oneself, or even breaking the cylinders. Moreover, these cylinders should be firmly fitted to their proper positions to avoid fall due to the vibration from the welding machines. Using a welding helmet is also highly recommend when welding.

In a nutshell, welding activities pose potential hazards if not properly handled. This, therefore, calls for all parties involved in welding to do all it takes to avoid harm or destruction of properties.

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