Best Welding Safety Tips to Shield You from Harm!
Welding is an ever-changing and ever-growing profession. Around 625,000 people currently work in the welding industry.
Despite the potential dangers associated with welding, it's very common in the construction, manufacturing, and shipyard industry. When welding work is being performed, it only takes a moment of exposure to a welding arc's rays for serious injuries to occur.
To ensure welders are kept safe, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) have specific guidelines to help control, minimize or to help employers and workers avoid welding hazards.
OSHA standards applicable to welding include:
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For starters, the welding ‘smoke’ that is created is a mixture of very fine particles (fumes) and gases. Oftentimes, welding ‘smoke’ can be toxic. The intense heat of welding and sparks can create serious burns. Without wearing the required PPE, the hot slag and metal chips can cause burns and eye damage. The welding process can cause electrical shock, cuts, and crushed toes and fingers.
Health hazards associated with welding, cutting, and brazing operations include exposure to metal fumes and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, many of these hazards can be controlled with specific engineering control, work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Here are some additional safety tips per OSHA to help shield you from serious welding-related injuries:
Welding should never take place when:
Protect welders from harmful UV light, flash burn, sparks, fumes, and flying debris so they can continue to stay safe at work.
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