Thursday, 17 February 2011



Although the versatility of welding, and the many projects that may spring to your mind, may make it tempting to simply buy equipment and start learning how to weld. However, before you actually begin to weld, you should thoroughly plan out your safety measures. The first step is actually to ensure that you have everything that is needed to keep you and other people as safe as possible from the violent heat and poisonous substances that are involved in making a weld.

The matter of safety is not an idle concern with welding, because the process involves many extremes and close exposure to very dangerous substances and energies. Using a set of hand tools to work some object carries a few risks – you can smash your thumb with a hammer, cut yourself badly with a knife or saw, and so on. However, these relatively limited risks pale next to those that welding threatens – including serious burns, blindness, death, and setting entire buildings on fire.

Welding safety concerns three general aspects, each of which must be carefully addressed if you are not to risk serious harm to yourself or others. The first facet of welding safety involves items meant to protect you, the welder. Since the glare of an arc welder is strong enough to permanent sear the vision from your eyes simply by looking at it – a process known as abacination – you will need a auto-darkening welding visor to protect your eyes and face. The intense heat of welding can easily sear flesh and produces ultraviolet radiation strong enough to cause skin cancer on exposed skin after a time, so a pair of good welding gloves and heavyweight, long-sleeved shirts made out of natural materials are essential items of welding gear also.

The second facet comprises equipment that will keep other people and animals safe from your welding activities as well. Simply welding where passersby, delivery people, family or co-workers, or pets can be unwittingly exposed to the blazing light of the welding arc is extremely irresponsible, since you would be randomly endangering the eyesight of other living creatures. Welding screens the usual workaround for this risk, and many people find it convenient to keep a spare welding visor on hand for guests.

The third facet encompasses everything needed to keep the welding process from damaging the physical environment around you – in short, a safe workspace where fumes are properly vented rather than contaminating other occupied spaces, fires are unlikely to start and can be easily contained should they occur, and so forth. You will need a clean, above-ground work area free of flammable items, with volatile liquids stowed in a flammable materials cabinet and a fire extinguisher – as well as good set of fire-preventing habits which you should cultivate. 

For more excitement, please watch this video to see several safety equipments that used in the construction project:


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