Conducting hazard inspections regularly ensures that the work environment meets federal, state, and local regulations. Evaluate work practices to ensure employees are performing welding processes as safely and efficiently as possible.
Staying informed by reading welder and manufacturing manuals to guarantee that processes and operations are performed safely.
Employers and welders should both be knowledgeable about safety and procedural information. If a manual has been misplaced, search for it online or contact that manufacturer to request a new one.
Routine training enables everyone in the workplace to remain knowledgeable about OSHA and NIOSH updates, new equipment, changes to current processes, improved safety measures, etc.
Unmistakably, machine operators will have a higher risk of becoming injured if they are unaware of the proper safety methods.
Awareness = safety in the workplace
By clearing out unnecessary tools, verifying that all supplies required by the welder are readily available, and labeling the areas where each piece of equipment belongs will streamline the welding process while leaving little room for clutter and tripping hazards.
Ensure that there is a 35-foot clearance around the welding area. If there is a fire hazard that can't be removed, the welding project must be relocated to a different area or the hazard must be covered with a non-flammable material.
Welding areas must remain completely free of any flammable materials or debris including cleaning products, cardboard boxes, paper, dust, dry leaves, wood, rags, solvents, paint, etc.
Working environments should implement designated welding areas that are designed to minimize fire risks.
Be aware of everything that is happening in the work area. The more alert you are the quicker you can correct and/or prevent hazards.
Be Aware Of:
• Personal protection equipment
• Positioning of extraction equipment
• Bad posture
• Arc flashes
• Power cables
• Splashes or sparks in the ears, eyes or on the skin
• Noise and vibration exposure
• Coming into contact with electrically conductive equipment
Fill or cover holes, cracks, and other small openings where sparks and molten metal can become lodged (and travel up to 35-feet). When holes and cracks are left unnoticed, wedged sparks can go unseen for long periods before igniting.
It's important to identify trouble areas and fill or cover them with non-flammable materials, implement a welding screen, or move the welding project to a different area.
Be aware of fumes, smoke, and gases that may be passing your breathing zone while welding. Your work area should be properly ventilated and you must utilize appropriate protection to avoid inhaling harmful contaminants.
Combining proper ventilation and welding fume extractors is an effective way to reduce chronic and acute effects of toxic fumes.
When skin is exposed it quickly becomes vulnerable to damaging and powerful infrared and ultraviolet rays, as well as, a contact area for sparks.
Welders must ensure that shirt cuffs, collars, and front pockets are buttoned completely. Never weld with butane lighters or matches in your pocket in case of a fire.
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