Safety is of the utmost importance any time you’re going to be doing welding work. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an at-home DIY welder, you must always place the same level of emphasis on safety every time you’re going to use welding equipment in Phoenix, AZ.
Here are just a few examples of some of the biggest safety hazards associated with welding and some tips from our professional welders to help you protect yourself against them.
Electric shock is among the most serious risks you face when performing welding work, as it could lead to serious injury or death. It most commonly occurs when welders touch a pair of metal objects together that have a voltage between them, which essentially places themselves into the electrical circuit. Say, for example, you’ve got a bare wire in one hand and another bare wire in the other hand—electric current will pass through the wire and through your body. The higher the voltage, the more serious the resulting shock.
With welding, the most common shock is secondary voltage shock from arc welding circuits, which can be anywhere from 20 to 100 volts. Even 50 volts or less can be enough to seriously injure or kill a person depending on the circumstances.
Therefore, welders should always wear dry safety gloves, avoid touching electrodes or metal parts of the welder with skin or wet clothing, and properly insulate themselves from the ground and the work. Welders should also inspect the equipment for any signs of damage before beginning work.
Gases or fumes
Another hazard associated with welding is exposure to fumes and gases. Overexposure to gases and fumes can be hazardous, and welding fumes contain some possibly harmful substances. Therefore, you should focus on keeping your head away from fumes and using proper ventilation to control your exposure to these substances. All welding areas should be well ventilated with fans or open windows and exhaust systems, and having fixed or removable hoods in place is also extremely helpful.
Lack of protective gear
Injuries from a lack of protective gear are all too common for welders. It is absolutely imperative that if you are going to be doing any welding, you wear all the proper gear to protect yourself from burns, arc rays and shocks. It is highly recommended you wear leather and flame-resistant cotton clothing. Don’t wear any shorts or short sleeves, and don’t roll up sleeves or pant cuffs. Wear safety glasses with side shields or goggles even when you’re wearing a helmet. Leather boots with six to eight inches of ankle coverage will give you the best foot protection. And of course, always have on heavy, flame-resistant gloves. Helmets with side shields are crucial for protecting your eyes and skin, and hearing protection should always be used in high noise environments.
For more information about protecting yourself from some of the hazards associated with using welding equipment in Phoenix, AZ, contact the experts at Vern Lewis Welding Supply, Inc. today.
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