Today I will be discussing Safety precautions to be taken in arc welding. Previous, I enlighten on electric arc welding. Check out!
Safety precautions in arc welding
- Personal Protective clothing
- Environmental safety
- Operation and equipment safety
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Personal protective safety
This safety is for the operators to protect their body from heat, flames and sparks produce during the operation. An arc welding operator is expected to completely wear protective clothing such as a long sleeve jacket (apron), heavy leather gloves, helmet with dark faceplate, and booth. The shielded metal arc welding type seems to produce brighter lights, causing arc eye and skin irritation. That is why all operators are expected to cover all parts of their skin before welding.
Modern welders are protected and free from ultraviolet light, as the new element production is auto-darkened. It features a liquid crystal-type faceplate that self-darkens upon exposure to high amounts of ultraviolet light. Safety booth thick enough to avoid oxides or sparks penetrating into the welder’s leg.
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Arc welding should be carried out in a well-ventilated area, due to the dangerous gases produced during welding. It causes the surrounding air to break down. Proper ventilation is necessary to protect the welders from these hazardous gases. There should be enough natural air entering into the workplace in order to push out these gases. The environment should be wise and big enough with spaces with located walkways, escape routes, stores, etc. The ground should be free from dirt, oil, grease, and water. All tools and equipment should be kept in the right place and jobs should be kept away from walkways.
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Operation and equipment safety
Arc welding operation should be performed in a covered place avoiding the ultraviolet light to be exposed to people passing by. The welding power source should be kept away from sun, water, grease, and oil. The welding machine should not be a bridge, using the wrong power source for the right machine. All switches should be in order and be performing fine.
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That is all for this article, where the safety precautions in arc welding are being discussed. I hope you get through the reading, if so, kindly share with other students. Thanks for reading, see you next time!