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List of Safety Tips to Consider While Welding

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Safety Tips to Consider While Welding

While welding, you are constantly prone to a number of hazards such as fumes, gases, electric shocks, explosions, etc. Thus, understanding the risks and following safety procedures should be the basic and the utmost important considerations for any welding project.

Below is a list of common hazards during welding and some safety tips you should consider in order to prevent them in order to create a good weld.

Arc - Radiation

The most widely used industrial process, welding, is one of the major sources of arc radiation. The long-term exposure of welding flames and arcs emit severe ultraviolet, visible and infrared radiations that can lead to serious skin hazards and various other health problems.

  • Long-term exposure can lead to skin cancer
  • Arc-Flash, also known as eye-burn can be caused, which results in swelling of the cornea.
  • An arc-flash can occur when you indirectly view the weld-arc, even if it is for a very short time.

Safety Tips To Prevent Arc-Radiation While Welding

  • Make sure that you do not look at the weld-arc without your helmet on
  • The welding helmet should meet the government standards and have the correct fitter and the shade number
  • Use safety glasses to bend away or refract from the ultraviolet or infrared rays and thus, reduce the chances of Arc-Flash
  • Wear full covering protective clothing to protect your bodies from potential burns
  • Wear overalls that are made of flame-resistant wool or cotton
  • Wear leather gloves without fail
  • When you are welding in the open zone, screen the welding zone

Electric Shock

Electric shocks can be caused accidentally if your hands or other parts of the body create a connection between the workpiece of the welding equipment and the welding electrode. From the common analysis of accident cases, it is observed that the common causes of electric shock are:

  • Overlooking the potential hazards in your working environment
  • Usage of unsafe welding equipment
  • Carelessness during welding
  • Touching the exposed conductor of the electrode holder or the welding holder
  • Replacing the welding electrode with bare hands without switching off the welding transformer

Safety Tips To Prevent Electric Shock While Welding

  • Make sure not to touch live metal parts of any machine with bare hands
  • Make sure that all the loose connections are repaired prior to the commencement of your welding work
  • Never weld while you are standing near a wet surface or while standing on water
  • Always keep your body and hands dry
  • Use proper cable connectors to extend any welding cables

Toxic Fumes and Gases

During the welding process, a major amount of smoke is released that contains toxic metal fumes and gas by-products. These fumes are complex mixtures of metallic oxides and fluids that can cause

  • Asphyxiation, which is lack of oxygen
  • Toxicity
  • Explosion

Safety Tips To Prevent Exposure of Welding Gases

  • Make sure your workplace has adequate ventilation and air circulation.
  • Keep the gases and fumes away from your breathing zone by using the local ventilation system
  • Make sure you don't weld on surfaces that are wet with some solvents
  • Keep your face away from the toxic gases and fumes
  • Try to use a fume extractor or gun

Metal fume fever is caused due to exposure to various metallic chemical oxides that can occur after a few hours of the exposure and last for several days. In case you notice symptoms like nausea, fatigue, metallic taste in mouth, weakness and pain in the joints, please seek medical help.

Heat, Fire & Explosions

A welding arc can create extreme temperatures. Thus, it can be a significant fire and explosion hazard to the welders if the safety precautions are not taken into consideration. The welding sparks can travel up to long distances such as 15 away from the source of welding.

Safety Tips To Prevent Fire or Explosions During Welding

  • To start, inspect your workplace properly for any inflammable gases and if they are present, make sure to remove them from the area as early as possible.
  • Wear protective overalls
  • If you have just welded a metal; make sure to mark it with "HOT"
  • Always wear safety glasses
  • Know where the fire alarms and extinguishers are kept and how to use them
  • If you are working in an elevated position, keep a person on the ground as a watcher
  • In case of a fire explosion, do not panic and call up the fire department immediately.

 Professional welders should be aware of all these safety considerations and guidelines to follow at their workplace. Now, that you know the safety precautions, your next step is to find a company that provides you with the safest welding and cutting solutions.

We at Lotos Technology Australia sell quality welding and cutting tools to businesses, DIY, and farmers. We are proud of our products' quality and after-sale service. We offer 12 months of parts and labour warranty for all our products.

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