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Welding has many health and safety risks that can result in serious injury, endangering more than 500,000 workers in a variety of industries. While often considered a routine job, a mistake could injure both the welder and bystanders. Everyone who works in proximity to a welder should have a basic knowledge of welding hazards.
There are more than 70 different welding processes used in numerous industries. The hazards associated with these operations include eye damage, hearing damage, ergonomic injuries, electrical shock, exposure to toxic fumes and burns.
SafetyNow can help you to educate welders on the proper PPE to use and the hazards they face. As well, use these resources to give all workers who work in proximity to welders about the potential hazards welders pose for bystanders.
Welding Can Hurt More Than Eyes
Welding is a routine job on many worksites. This common task has many health and safety risks that can result in serious injury, endangering more than 500,000 workers in a variety of industries. It’s not just those involved directly with welding who are at risk. Bystanders can also be affected. So it’s important for everyone to have a basic knowledge of welding hazards.
Welding Fume Risks are Real
A welder spent several hours in a poorly ventilated area fabricating a replacement part for a vehicle made of galvanized steel. A few hours later, he complained of chest pains, became ill, started vomiting and was transported to hospital. He spent one night in hospital and another two days away from work.
Flashback Arrestors Help Prevent Welding Explosions
In the oil and gas industry, employees often find themselves welding on various types of equipment. Whether it is fixing a pump, fabricating a new tool for a downhole job or piping in the overhead pipe rack, flashback arrestors can prevent a fire or an explosion when hoses leak during operations.
Welding and Cutting: Hot Work Hazards
Protective gear and hot surroundings can cause you to work up quite a sweat while welding or cutting. However, “hot work” has a different meaning when applied to these activities. It’s a major hazard of welding —working with ignition sources near material that can burst into flame or explode.
A quick “five-minute job” done in the wrong place often causes fire. Standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association call for hot work to be done only in designated or permit-required areas.
Designated areas for hot work are of non-combustible or fire-resistant construction, and are separated from adjacent facilities. Permit-required areas are made fire-safe by removing or protecting combustibles from ignition sources.
The potential for injury from welding, grinding and cutting is significant. Eyes and skin can be burned by infrared, ultraviolet and visible radiation from the light rays of the welding arc. Loud noise can affect hearing. Electric shock can injure or kill. You can also be burned by hot metal, sparks and flying chips. If handled improperly, compressed welding gases stored in high-pressure cylinders can cause harm to people and property. Various fumes and gases from welding processes can damage the respiratory system or cause asphyxiation.
It’s crucial to be cautious when welding, grinding or using powered cutting tools. It’s important to use approved equipment in good operating condition and to follow all safety procedure instructions.
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Hot Work - Arc Welding (Internation Version)
Arc welding is an important, but dangerous task. Workers can easily burn their eyes and body, breathe in toxic fumes or damage their hearing. This course should help employees identify hazards associated with arc welding and hot work and how to protect themselves. Employees will also receive information about burns, fumes and gases, electric shock, fire and noise hazards. This course is intended for employees who perform hot work, including welding, brazing and torch cutting, as part of their regular work duties. In addition to this course, the employer might also provide courses on Compressed Gas Safety, Fire Safety and Portable Fire Extinguishers.
Hot Work/Arc Welding for Oil and Gas Operations
Arc welding is an important, but dangerous task. Workers can easily burn their eyes and body, breathe in toxic fumes or damage their hearing. This course should help employees identify hazards associated with arc welding and hot work on oil and gas production sites, and how to protect themselves. Employees will also receive information about burns, fumes and gases, electric shock, fire and noise hazards. This course is provided to assist the employer in meeting the requirements of OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.252, General Requirements and 254, Arc Welding and Cutting. This course is intended for oil and gas employees who perform hot work, including welding, brazing and torch cutting, as part of their regular work duties. In addition to this course, the employer might also provide courses on Compressed Gas Safety, Fire Safety and Portable Fire Extinguishers. While this course addresses OSHA training requirements, there may be a site-specific training component required that must be fulfilled by an employer.
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