Welding exposes you to several hazards such as gases, fumes, explosions, electric shocks, etc. Therefore, recognising the risks and following safety procedures should be the priority for any welding project.
At KP Fabrication and Welding, we follow a strict safety protocol.
Here is a list of common hazards and some safety tips to be considered during welding:
Arc – Radiation
Welding is one of the primary sources of arc radiation. Long-term exposure emits severe ultraviolet and infrared radiations that can lead to severe skin hazards and various health problems, like swelling of the cornea causing eye burns.
- Wear proper helmet
- Use safety glasses
- Wear full covering protective clothing
- Wear leather gloves
- Screen the welding zone when welding in open
When your hands or any other part of the body create a connection between the welding equipment and the welding electrode, there could be an electric shock.
- Do not touch live metal parts of any machine with bare hands
- Repair all the loose connections before beginning your welding work
- Never weld while standing near a wet surface or on water
- Keep your body and hands dry
- Use proper cable connectors
Toxic Gases and Fumes
During the welding process, a significant amount of smoke is released carrying gas byproducts and toxic metal fumes. These fumes are a combination of metallic oxides and fluids that can cause asphyxiation or even explosion.
- Adequate ventilation and air circulation in the place of work
- Do not weld on wet surfaces
- Keep your face away from the toxic fumes and gases
- Use a fume extractor
Heat, Fire & Explosions
A welding arc can create extreme temperatures, giving rise to fire and explosion. It is more risky as its sparks can fall up to far distances.
- Check your workplace properly for any inflammable gases
- Wear protective overalls
- Wear safety glasses
- Know how to use the fire alarms and extinguishers
- While working in an elevated place, keep a watcher on the ground