welding safety tips

Welding Safety Tips
A Comprehensive Resource

“Our technology, our machines, is part of our humanity. We created them to extend ourselves,
and that is what is unique about human beings.” ~Ray Kurzweil

Get the training

It’s essential that all those who will be participating in welding is well trained and has read updated safety manuals

  • A manual helps the welder utilize the machine to its full potential without safety hazards.

Have the proper attire

Any exposed skin during welding is vulnerable to infrared and ultraviolet rays from the machine.

  • Make sure you’re buttoned up.

Do not wear pants with cuffs, as they can catch flying sparks.

Do not keep matches, lighters, or any other flame creating or flammable device in your pocket.

Do not wear shorts, cargo pants or short-sleeved shirts.

  • Only wear flame-resistant clothing, such as denim pants and a shirt made from tightly woven material or a welding jacket.

Wear the proper jacket, gloves, and welding helmet for EVERY weld (even a quick tack).

High-top leather shoes or boots provide are the best and safest options. Pant legs should go over the shoes.

  • Do not wear tennis or cloth shoes.

Welding helmets should be fitted with a proper filter shade to protect the operator’s face and eyes when welding or watching.

  • Note that approved safety glasses with side shields and ear protection should also be worn under the helmet (1).

Make the area breathable

In confined spaces, it’s common for toxic gases and fumes to accumulate.

Make sure the area you’re welding in is well-ventilated with exhaust hoods, or if the machine requires a respirator, be sure to wear the correct one properly fitted.

Did You Know?
An estimated 562,000 employees are at risk for exposure to chemical and physical hazards of welding, cutting and brazing. (2) For the construction industry, welders flash (burn to the eyes) accounts for 5.6% of all construction eye injuries (2) About 60% of welders work in Manufacturing(3) Although arc welding is the most common type of welding, there are more than 100 different processes that a welder can use (3)
Action Items
  • Always wear the appropriate PPE for welding.
  • Always remember good safety housekeeping- there should be no clutter in the welding area, and only tools immediately being used should be in the area.
  • Complete and thorough welding safety training.

Remember your ergonomics

Avoid repetitive stress injuries, take breaks to stretch arms, legs, etc. if necessary.

Always practice safe lifting techniques.

Always remember good safety housekeeping.

  • There should be no clutter in the welding area, and only tools immediately being used should be in the area.

Follow your training guidelines and don’t cut corners.

For successful implementation, don’t make welding safety a “program”.

  • Employees tend to suspect programs, as programs tend to fade away after a brief flurry of initial activity

Instead, incorporate safety into daily work habits and incentivize compliance

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