Welding is the process of joining materials together and is often carried out in hazardous working environments, like factories.
The materials involved in welding can vary. Depending on the task in hand, they can range from thermoplastics to metals, and more.
When working as a welder, it is important to take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
Some things a welder and an employer should consider about welding safety include:
Have the most thorough training and colleague development programs in place. Whether working for yourself, or in a larger organisation, ensure all welders are equipped with the knowledge to work safely.
Welding is a potentially dangerous occupation. Welding should be carried out in well ventilated, well-lit areas, preferably not on any route for foot traffic.
Head and Eye Protection
A welding helmet is, naturally, an essential piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The helmet should be fitted perfectly to the welder. Any movement because the fit is incorrect could potentially leave the wearer in danger of injury from heat, sparks, light and debris. It is good practice to wear goggles beneath the helmet, affording the eyes that greater level of protection. Essential Safety Wear offers a comprehensive range of goggles.
All clothing should have a good fit and should not have any loose loops, stray hoods or scarfs. Shorts and short sleeve shirts are definitely out. In fact, all of the welder’s clothing should be flame resistant and comfortably cover all exposed skin.
Check out our range of comfortable flame retardant clothing.
Feet And Hands
High top shoes, or (better still) boots should be worn with the welder’s flame retardant trousers hanging over them. Choose from our wide range of safety footwear to ensure your feet are safe and you know your footing is trustworthy.
We also offer a wide range of gloves, including welding specific protection for the hands.
Avoid The Light
Welder’s flash, or arc eye, is effectively extreme sunburn in the eye. Caused by the extreme light emitted during welding. It can be deeply unpleasant at best and cause permanent damage at worse. This is avoided by the correct use of welders masks and goggles. Choose some gas welding goggles to wear underneath the welder’s helmet for added protection.
Take Regular Breaks
As with all dangerous work operations, mistakes are often made when the operator becomes tired and maybe loses focus. Schedule regular breaks and refreshment to keep the welder fresh and working with maximum concentration.
A tidy workplace is a safe workplace. It’s an often heard mantra on health and safety courses. Nowhere could this be more true than around a welding operation. Work benches should be completely free of clutter. The floor around the welding operation should be clean, dry and free of grease or any other trip hazard. Remember too that the immense heat from welding can find something to ignite anywhere within the immediate area.
The Sound Of Silence
Don’t forget that the welder needs to also protect their ears. Welding can be a noisy operation. If it’s inside a work environment with other machinery operating, noise levels could well reach a level to cause damage to the welders hearing. We have a range of ear muffs, defenders and earplugs to suit here at Essential Safety Wear. How your other head protection is designed will determine which is right for the job.
Make Safety Everybody’s Business
According to welding world, the UK is one of the safest places to work in the world. Whilst it is true that the last 20 years have seen a dramatic fall in workplace injuries and fatalities, there is never room for complacency. From government statistics we can see that there are approximately 800 reported annual injuries in metal-related manufacturing.
One injury is surely too many? We should all ensure that our workplaces, PPE and equipment are as safe as they possibly can be.
And that’s exactly what we’re doing here at Essential Safety Wear with our great value, great quality safety wear.