Having recently redesigned our e-commerce website, we tried to make sure that our menu got you where you needed to be. Easier said then done!
A perfect example presented itself in the issue of welding. Now our site has a “welding” section but welding also could appear under “Respiratory Protection“, it could appear under “Gloves“, it could appear under “Eye Protection”, etc…
This got me thinking about what exactly as the health and safety issues that welders need to be aware of. I came up with the following list, if there are others that I’m missing please add them in the comments below:
- Respiratory Protection – As already mentioned welding entails fumes and particulates that shouldn’t end up in our lungs. Make sure you understand what harmful fumes, vapors or particulates you need to protect against in order to have the proper filters or respiratory setup.
- Heat – Welding can generate temperatures that reach 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you have the proper welding gloves and apparel. You also need to be aware of slag and hot debris that can fly off and end up burning (any welder who’s had hot slag down their back understands what I’m talking about). Heat can also start fires so make sure that the area around where you’re welding is clear of trash or debris that might ignite.
- Eye Protection – Most types of welding require special eye protection. Make sure you understand what shade of lens you need before you start welding. Burned retinas can be the price if you make a mistake.
- Hearing Protection – Aside from the noise involved with the welding itself, many welders work in high noise environments. It might not be the most comfortable thing in the world to have to wear hearing protection under that welding helmet but it’s a whole lot better than tinnitus or hearing loss later.
- Electrical Issues – Most forms of welding operate on the principle of creating an electrical short that melts metal to form a bond. Make sure you understand the process and understand grounding and what to avoid touching.
- Ergonomic Issues – A lot of welding work is done in tight places or in positions that can wear on the welder. Knee pads, back supports as well as other ergonomic equipment might be needed.
What am I missing?