To prevent injury to yourself and to others, you must practice welding safety each time you start a new welding project. Common welding injuries usually result from fire, explosions, and electric shock. Sometimes toxins are also the cause of a welding injury. Below are several welding safety tips you should keep with you at all times.
1. Be Trained
In order to operate welding equipment, make sure you are trained properly. Do not allow just anyone to use your welding or cutting equipment. Make sure your equipment is put away at all times when not in use. Unauthorized individuals should never be allowed to use your welding equipment.
2. Stay Away from Wood Floors
Welding projects should never happen indoors where there is a wooden floor. Wooden floors are easy to ignite from sparks and hot metal splashes. If you are going to weld inside by a wood floor, make sure you protect and cover the wood floor with some type of fireproof material or blanket.
3. Remove Items from Area
Remove all flammable items and materials from your work area. Make sure you put any gasoline or oil up and away from your welding spot. Any other material in the general vicinity that may be susceptible to heat should also be removed from the work area. It is very easy to catch something on fire by accident. Being over prepared is better than being under prepared.
4. Wear Eye Glasses
At all times, you should wear protective eyewear. Either put on protective glasses or goggles before you begin to weld. There are special welding shields that are recommended for use at all times. This protective equipment will help to shield your eyes from heat and flying fragments of hot pieces of metal.
In some instances, you may want to wear a protective helmet and shield to further protect you from ultraviolet or infrared rays.
5. Clean up
After you have completed your welding project for the day, clean up your workspace. Remove any hot steel scrap or other tools on the floor or around the area. Accidents generally occur because someone has left their tools lying around. Prevent this by spending a little extra time cleaning up.
6. Always Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy
Wherever you are working, make sure there is a fire extinguisher present in reach. If the location does not have a fire extinguisher, bring a portable one with you. Make sure your fire extinguisher is in working operation all the time.
7. Wear a Welding Helmet
A welding helmet will protect the welder’s eyes and face from light. It will also protect the individual from flying particles of hot metal. The helmet itself fits snugly over the head. It can be swung in an upward motion when the welder is not working on the welding project.