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How to Improve Welding Safety in the Workplace

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Using the appropriate welding safety gear and applying the correct practices is best for everyone no matter what type of welding the welder is doing. Welding exposes virtually everyone in the workplace to many of the same types of hazards. Whether a person is accountable for the safety and security of workers at a welding manufacturing company, or runs a billion-dollar construction engineering business, or is an independent fabricator, safety can always be improved. Here are 5 ways to better welding security at any welding site.

1. Study the Operator’s Manual. 

The operator’s manual contains safety and security tips to help maximize the use of the welding equipment. It’s really important that anyone who might be controlling welding on-site equipment gets well acquainted with the information supplied in the manual. If the manual is somehow lost or damaged, the manufacturer or supplier should be able to send out a replacement one.

2. Keep Skin Protected and Covered. 

Any skin that is exposed is subject to the painful and potentially fatal effects of the ultraviolet, infrared lights that come from welding equipment. Also, sparks can catch fire in pant legs, in a loose pocket, or can cause an unbuttoned shirt to smolder and catch fire. This commonly occurs without the welder realizing it until the smoldering causes their clothing to catch on fire. 

3. Use the Right Safety Equipment and Gear.

When welding, clothing like t-shirts or shorts are not acceptable atire. Appropriate safety equipment and clothing includes: helmets, gloves, and safety garments that covers the entire body and help protect against injury due to exposure. For instance, wear fire resistant clothing like denim and gloves designed for welding. Also, suitable footwear including high-top leather (NO fabric whatsoever) boots or shoes will supply the right protection for feet and ankles. Pant legs must not be tucked in and should be pulled over the shoe or boot for an extra layer of protection.

4. Keep Air Breathable and Safe.

It’s an absolute must that the welding cell or welding area is properly ventilated to help supply safe air for breathing and won’t cause deadly health problems at a later time. The smoke and fumes from welding make the air very toxic and hazardous for breathing, which is why ventilation is a must. 

5. Preventing Looking at the Light.

Welders should wear welding helmets that are correctly fitted (should not be too loose) complete with eye protection to safeguard eyes and protect the welder’s face while welding and even if they’re merely watching someone else. 

The team here at BRW Safety and Supply firmly believes that using the right safety equipment, and having the appropriate safety supplies and tools are crucial when it comes to preventing workplace injuries. If you or your firm is searching for a great welding safety supply provider, please see our website at:  

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