Welding safety starts with an understanding of what could go wrong, and preparation for when it does. To start, protective clothing and equipment must be worn during all welding operation including helmets and shields. So let’s start with Welding.
Welding: To join (metals) by applying heat, sometimes with pressure and sometimes with an intermediate or filler metal having a high melting point.
Welding Safety Guidelines:
- To avoid danger from heat, ultraviolet rays and sparks, always wear protective clothing.
- Protect your hands by wearing leather gauntlet gloves.
- A welding helmet is also used as a protective equipment.
- To prevent fire accidents, fire extinguishers can be used.
- Work in a area with proper ventilation and fire resistant floors.
- Do not try to weld on concrete surfaces.
- After welding a metal, handle it with metal tong or pliers.
Job hazard associated in welding:
- Smoke and Fumes
- Eye Hazards
- Electric Shock
Right Protective Gear used during welding:
- Welder Mask
- Eye Protection
- Fire Protection
- Protective Clothing
- Clear Face Shield
- Helmet With Respirator
- Safety Goggles
All welding area should have properly ventilation like:
- Exhaust hood
- Air ventilated Helmets
Welding eye protection protects against injuries from debris and from the effects of the ultraviolet light. Different types of helmets are made to protect you when performing different types of welding.
- Knowledge of welding Techniques
- Knowledge of Equipment
- Knowledge of Process
- Fire Extinguishers
- Sand and Water
- Long sleeve shirts
- Pants that cover the tops of shoes
- Shoes or boots
- Leather jackets
- Leather aprons
- Leather skull caps
Welding in Confined Space:
Welding safety in confined spaces has its own set of challenges. A confined space is intended to mean a relatively small or restricted space such as a tank, boiler, pressure vessel, or small compartment of a ship or tank.
Confined Space Safety:
- Proper Ventilation
- Escape aspects
- Fire Extinguisher
- Use of Safety Belts and Life lines to pull
Note: Remember, all accidents can be prevented.