At Bopp-Busch, we take care to ensure that the welding services we provide our customers meet their exact specifications. We also take extra care to ensure the safety of our welders. We are aware that the welding process poses several safety hazards, not only for those undertaking the task but also for those in the vicinity. Therefore, it’s crucial to follow safety rules and precautionary measures strictly. The following are the welding safety hazards and precautions every welding professional should consider.
Exposure to UV and IR Radiation
Exposure to UV light and IR radiation during the welding process can lead to a painful and often long-lasting condition called arc eye. In the long-term, looking at the intense flashes can cause cataracts and vision loss. Therefore, it’s necessary to be equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You should always wear a welding helmet with side shields to protect yourself from UV radiation.
The combination of UV rays, high-temperature welding arcs, and molten metal leaves you susceptible to severe burns during the welding process. These burns can severely damage your skin and eyes. No matter how few and quick the welds you’re going to work on, make sure you’re wearing a helmet, boots, gloves, and fire-resistant clothing.
During the welding process, your ears are exposed to loud noises for prolonged periods. This noise can cause severe problems and even result in hearing impairment. It may start with ringing in the ears, occasional dizziness, and elevated levels of blood pressure and heart rate. To prevent these conditions, you should wear ear protection.
Additional Safety Precautions
following are measures that should be taken whenever welding:
- Complete the appropriate training or certification
- Don’t roll up your sleeves or trousers
- Make sure the workplace is well-ventilated
- Remove any flammable materials from your workplace
Following these safety precautions during the welding process is necessary to ensure a safe and successful project. Since 1948, Bopp Busch has worked to meet the exact specifications and requirements of our customers, while maintaining a safe workplace for our team. To learn more about Bopp Busch and our capabilities, contact us today.