Accidents are minimized when welders take responsibility for their own actions. As a welder, you need to observe safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Because welding equipment varies, consult the manufacturer’s manual for guidelines on how to use your particular machinery and tools. However, no matter what type of equipment you use, there are general safety precautions that are smart to follow.
Secure the Environment
Prospective welding sites must be inspected for potential fire hazards, and all safety precautions should be observed. For instance, in some areas a fire watch is required for a specific amount of time after welding operations cease. Your site needs to have fire extinguishers ready, and combustible material should be removed or shielded. Many areas are unsafe for welding because of the risk of fire. Prohibitions to welding should always be respected.
Protect Skin and Eyes
Welders need to wear the right gear to guard against flying sparks, hot chips, and light from welding arcs. Helmets, safety glasses, and goggles are among the types of equipment you may need to protect your face and eyes. The lenses in your eyewear should be rated for the type of work you’ll be doing. People who are working around welders also need to wear shaded safety glasses.
Your clothing should be of the type that shields you from burns. Heavy dark material such as cotton, leather, and wool offer the best protection from injury caused by flying hot materials as well as ultraviolet light. Avoid clothing from fabric that could melt.
Take Care of Equipment
Knowing how to use and care for welding tools is key to minimizing accidents. Keep equipment in good condition, and inspect tools and machinery before you start a job. Make sure your cables are dry, clean, and free from defects. In addition, it’s vital that your machinery is properly grounded and that electrical connections are secure.
Like any type of construction, there are inherent dangers involved with welding. Accidents can be minimized as long as safety precautions are followed.