Welding Safety for beginners

WELDING

Welding is the fusion of two pieces of metal by heat. The two most commonly used in the construction industry are:-

• Gas Welding.
• Electric Arc Welding.

Gas Welding:

Main hazards associated with gas welding are:-

• Fires and explosions.
• Burns to eyes and skin due to hot surfaces and molten lead.
• Exposure to fumes – respiratory disorders e.g. cutting metalwork covered with lead paint.

Electric Arc Welding:

Main hazards associated with electric arc welding are:-

• Electric shock.
• Fire.
• Burns to eyes and skin due to molten metal and ultra violet light.
• Exposure to fumes – respiratory disorders e.g. metal fume fever welding galvanised steel or steel containing zinc.

Precautions

• Cylinders must be stored securely in upright position.
• Fit flash back arrestors to oxygen and acetylene cylinders.
• Clear combustible materials from area. Keep fire extinguisher close to the working area.
• Wear appropriate protective equipment –
• Eye protection
• Gloves
• Overalls
• Boots / spats
• Respiratory if working in poorly ventilated area
• Screen areas of electric arc welding to prevent exposure of UV light to others
• Do not leave trailing hoses or cables on the floor creating tripping hazards.

One thought on “Welding Safety for beginners

  1. Use gloves while welding.
    Welding causes skin diseases.
    Its very harmful for eyes so always use goggles.
    Be careful while welding.
    And this website is very useful for us.
    Good work Admin.

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