When carrying out a DIY welding task, there is more to staying safe than simple precautions such as only welding on a level, flat surface and avoiding any water when you’re using a high power, high voltage welding arc. In fact, there are certain long term health risks and problems which are more likely to occur if you do not take the most basic of precautions when welding. The good news is that it’s not as difficult as you may think to protect yourself when welding and make sure that you do not come to any physical short or long term harm. We’ve put together some simple yet important health and safety tips for undertaking a DIY welding project.
Risks of Welding Fumes
Those welding stainless steel or mild steel are particularly at risk when it comes to suffering from fevers and respiratory issues if they don’t use personal protection and fume extraction equipment at the welding site. Although these kinds of side effects tend to be more short-term, it is vital for welders to be aware of and avoid these issues so that they can complete their project with little disruption. Along with this, welders should also be aware of the long-term risks associated with welding fumes, and obtain proper ventilation and personal protection equipment from Foster Industrial.
Flashes & Arc Eye
Whilst welding, flashes can be harmful to your eyes in a much similar way that sunburn can harm your skin. Welders who have suffered from arc eye describe it as a similar level of pain and discomfort as having sand thrown in their eye. Using a good quality, auto-darkening welding helmet with fast light to dark switching speed will prevent any flashes and make sure that your eyes are fully protected at all times.
When carrying out a DIY welding project, the type of protective clothing that you wear for the job is important. The clothes that you wear could be the difference between a project finished safely and successfully, or you coming to some physical harm as a result of welding. Some welding processes will create a lot of sparks and send bits of hot metal flying in your direction, therefore it is vital that you wear gloves that are thick and flame resistant. When it comes to choosing the right clothing for welding, cotton is the best material to go for as it will not melt onto your skin like most synthetic materials. However, you should always add another layer of protection by wearing items such as a leather jacket, welding bib or welding apron.
Welding is not only a great career, it can also be a life-long hobby for many creative people who enjoy making their own things. However, without the right protective equipment, welding can be more dangerous than it has to be. Making sure that you invest in proper safety and ventilation gear and the right clothing can make welding safer and more enjoyable.
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