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5 Ways to Improve Welding Safety in Your Company

Welding is a key part of many industries, from aviation and automotive, from bridges to power plants. It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of welding and also how critical it is that you follow safety procedures if you’re a welder.

Here are 5 ways you can improve welding safety at your company:

 

1. Read the Manual

Every machine is different and technology changes all the time, so even if you have years of welding experience, you should always read the manual before you get started on a new piece of equipment. Manuals contain important safety information and can give you instructions specific to the machine that will help you use it safely.

 

2. Wear the Proper Clothing…

Ultraviolet and infrared rays can damage your skin, while sparks can burn it. That’s why it’s so important that you cover up appropriately. When you weld, you should wear a flame-resistant shirt or welding jacket and pants.

Sparks can get caught in your shirt and pant cuffs as well as pockets, which can smolder while you work, without you even noticing. To prevent this, button up your clothes and avoid any exposed pockets.

Choose high-topped boots instead of sneakers or street shoes or anything made out of cloth. Be sure to wear your pants over the tops of them and not tucked, so sparks don’t get trapped in there.

 

3. …and Safety Gear

Clothing is only the start. You also need to wear the necessary protective gear, especially heavy-duty gloves and an industrial helmet. Depending on the type of welding you do, you may be able to use safety glasses to protect your eyes, but a helmet protects your whole head! The gloves will protect your hands while you work, but you should still use pliers to pick up anything that’s freshly welded. You may also need a leather apron, steel-toed shoes, and a welding jacket. Your state may even have specific safety gear requirements to follow that include those items.

 

4. Keep Your Space Clutter-Free

If you make sure that every tool and piece of equipment has a home and its space is labeled, you can do your job better. When you know exactly what items you need and where each item and tool is kept, it will help you work more efficiently and ensure that you avoid accidents. You should also only keep the items you need in your welding space so that you don’t accidentally bring in any hazards or cause confusion.

 

5. Keep the Air Clean

Just like sparks and UV rays can be risky for your skin and eyes, fumes and smoke emitted during the welding process can be hazardous for your lungs. It depends on what materials you work with, but you might need to use a respirator or exhaust hood to make the air safe to breathe.

If you follow these welding best practices and encourage others at your company to do the same, you can do your part to make sure it’s a safe environment for everyone. To learn more about welding safety and how you can start a career in this exciting field, contact Charter College today and get details about our Welding Certificate program.