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Welding is one of the best processes to join metal together, but it also exposes welders to many hazards which can be harmful to one’s health. Following certain welding safety measures can minimize the chances of one getting harmed at all.
This article shares welding safety practices that should be followed diligently.
1. The manual is your Bible: An operating manual for welders has key information that explains welding machines and safety practices around it that needs to be followed. Along with these measures, the manual helps the welders tap into the machine's maximum potential. The manufacturer of the welding machine knows the best way to operate it and keeps welding safety on priority. Take it at face value and make it your go-to for any queries. Better safe than sorry!
2. Avoid looking at the welding arc: While fusing two metal pieces together, maintaining protection for one's eyes is a must. When a welding electrode strikes the work piece an arc generates which is harmful for the eyes therefore, safety must always be observed when using welding machinery, that is, if one's eyesight is dear to them. Wearing the right helmet adds to safe welding practices and helps the welder prevent any kind of physical damage. Along with the eyes, the lungs, skin, ears,etc.
3. Gear up: No casual clothing can do justice to welding safety while performing welding. No matter how big or small the welding task at hand is, proper gear must be worn. This includes a helmet with efficient barriers, gloves, and clothing that matches the welding safety measures. All clothing should be flame resistant. A proper welding jacket is not just advised but there is no other substitute and it must be worn.
4. A clean working area is ideal: A cluttered working space leaves one with a lesser working area, rendering silly hazards more likely. Each welding consumable must be placed safely and as per the need and requirement of it for the task at hand. Ideally, only the equipment required should be around.
5. Save room for breathing: Smoke and fumes emerges during the process of welding which can pose serious health hazards that will manifest in the long run as lung infections and breathing difficulties. This toxicity needs to be avoided at all times. While performing the welding process, use safety measures like an exhaust hood. The hood makes room for breathable air to come in and the toxic fumes to pass through. These respiration helpers are specifically made for welding, so ask us today to know more about such safety equipment!
Pro tip: Loose all matches and lighters on or around you to avoid fire hazards.