10 Safety Tips | Welding

10 Safety Tips | Welding


So moving onto clothing and personal safety
equipment. As I’m sure you can notice, I’m wearing a
split leather cowhide welding jacket. As you can see, it protects my arms and buttons
up tight at the neck and covers my torso. I also recommend heavy cotton pants or blue
jeans. You want to have steel-toe work shoes. And I like to wear a turtleneck to protect
my skin both from the rays of the arc welder and also from flying sparks. The welding hat goes on backwards, comes down,
protects the ears, your hair. And this funny flap in the back keeps those
sparks from finding their way down the back of your collar. Some welders like to wear foot protection,
particularly if you’re doing a lot of cutting activity. These fit over the leg like so, and they come
in different styles. By far and away, the most important piece
of safety equipment are your gloves. It’s important to note that all of this safety
equipment, and gloves especially, are heat-resistant. They’re not flame-proof. So you don’t want to ever put your hand straight
into a flame even though you’re wearing welding gloves. Gloves should fit well. You should check them to make sure that there
are no holes or cracks. And gloves need to be replaced on a fairly
regular basis, because the heat and oil from the steel cause the fingers to become stiff
and make it very difficult to operate the machinery. For oxygen acetylene welding or cutting, we
use safety goggles such as these. These are tinted to protect your eyes from
the bright light. They also have a safety lens to prevent any
splatter from damaging your eyes. For arc welding, you need to have an arc welding
hood. Very important to note that these safety glasses
for oxygen acetylene will not protect you from the UV radiation generated by arc welding. This hood protects not only your eyes but
also your skin from the high-frequency ultraviolet radiation that you would receive from an arc
welder. One thing you really want to remember about
any welding process is that it generates extreme amounts of heat. Cutting with oxy-acetylene can generate temperatures
in excess of 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Arc welding generates temperatures of over
10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Always wear your gloves. Always assume that everything in the shop
could be too hot to touch. Remember not only the work but sometimes the
worktop surface, device, even the crescent wrench and tools can absorb a tremendous amount
of heat.

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