Welding can be a dangerous procedure if proper precautions are not taken. When workers are tasked with welding, for any application, safety should always be the number one priority. Welding requires adequate training and knowledge of safety standards.
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1. Need for Protective Equipment and Proper Maintenance
Welders need protective gloves, goggles, helmets and respiratory protection that will safeguard welders from injuries. Employees should also be fully trained in hazards and equipment operation.
Equipment needs to be thoroughly checked and maintained on a regular basis to ensure they are safe for use.
Protection Against Burns and Harmful X-rays
It is advisable to use a darker lens and gradually transition to a lighter lens, for visibility and protection of the eyes and skin from exposure to x-rays. The gloves used should be flame resistant to help protect from burns.
2. Fire and Health Safety Precautions
Welding is a fire hazard, especially in the presence of flammable materials. Fire extinguishers need to be in proximity to the welding area as well as a fire alarm. Fire extinguishers should also be checked to ensure that the gauge is full.
There should be standard procedures in place, that give instant guidance to those that find themselves in dangerous situations.
Health should be taken into consideration, which includes having a fully stocked first aid kit nearby to attend to any injuries immediately.
3. Clear Working Environment
Welding should only be carried out in safe areas that are free from clutter and free from the risk of fire. In a construction site, flammable-materials should be removed. Welding should be done in a dry location.
4. Regular Inspection for Gas Leaks
Gas cylinders should be handled in a correct manner. They should be maintained in an upright position and regulators should not be switched between the cylinders.
5. Proper Storage of Flammable Products
Flammable liquids and gases should be stored away from the welding area. Specialized storage is recommended for construction sites.
6. Proper Checking and Maintenance of Electrical Nodes
Equipment should be properly insulated to prevent electrical shock to welders. Welders should wear proper gloves; ensuring that electrodes do not come in contact with wet clothing or skin.
Maintain proper electrical insulation from the welding metal and the welder’s body. Electrodes should also be inspected before welding commences.
7. Continued Education
This will help welders follow proper safety procedures and stay up to date with best welding practices and standards.
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