Stay Safe Behind the Hood!
Welding is becoming more appealing to aspiring tradesmen every day. Welding is the most common method of joining metals in the industry. While there are various methods to the trade, they all have one thing in common and that is the general safety guidelines to follow.
- Properly Trained and Certified
A worker using any sort of welding tools must be properly trained to do so. Welding is the “super glue” of metals. Welding can be a dangerous job if it is not done correctly. Whether welding structures, sheet metal, or even pipe work one must proceed with proper training.
- Wear Protective Clothing.
Most companies require a welder to wear fire resistant clothing. A welder must never go to a job with exposed skin, this causes a hazard and leaves you open to potential burns. In addition, avoid rolling up your sleeves or tucking your pants into your boots; hot sparks and even tiny pieces of metal could burn your skin. Never wear synthetic fabrics while welding, they typically melt immediately when exposed to heat. Steel toed boots are typically required on the job site. Avoid wearing boots with laces because this could pose as a hazard.
- Eye Protection
Always wear eye protection! A welding helmet has a filter lens that will protect your eyes from the bright light of the flame. These lenses can be adjusted depending on the sensitivity of your eye and the visibility needed for your project. Most steel melts around 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit, with a flame that hot it can cause damage to your eyes over time even with eye protection. When you’re not welding, always wear safety glasses to prevent any pieces of metal or debris from going into your eyes.
- Ear Protection
Always protect your ears from the work area. Often times, a welder has to grind down the metal causing extremely loud noises. You also want to protect your ears from heated materials and tiny pieces of metal flying into your ears. Typically, ear plugs are provided to the workers.
- Avoid Inhaling Fumes
A welder must ensure that proper ventilation is in place prior to beginning a job. While welding, one is exposed to hazardous fumes and must know what steps to take to be safe. Always be aware of the gasses you are working with and what they could possibly react with. Always remember to refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for more information.