Keep welders safe with proper protective equipment and safety measures
Welders encounter a variety of atmospheric hazards, including fluoride, lead, zinc, and toxic cleaning compounds. Exposure to zinc oxide often results in metal fume fever. Named for its flu-like symptoms, metal fume fever is an acute allergic reaction that many welders experience throughout their welding career, triggered simply by inhaling fumes from welding galvanized metal. Symptoms usually begin hours after exposure, but it takes the worker 24 to 48 hours for him to fully recover.
Welding hazards are not limited to inhaling contaminants. Metals like chromium compounds are released when welding stainless steel and can cause skin irritation and even accelerate the development of dermatitis. is very important.
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PPE and safety precautions
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is effective in protecting employees, but must be used in conjunction with workplace safety measures.
Such measures should include:
- Ensure effective local ventilation.
- Ensure that the entire workplace is well ventilated.
- Make sure the weld area is isolated from the rest of the workspace.
- Make sure to use the list detailing the dangerous goods.
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- ventilator – Airborne hazards can come in the form of both vapors and particles. For the highest level of safety, use only AS 1716 certified respirators. With filters available for all kinds of welding situations, it’s important to seek advice before choosing a mask.
- Helmet – Like other helmets, welding helmets protect your face. Neck, especially eyes due to flash burn, ultraviolet, spark, infrared, and heat. When purchasing welding helmets, make sure they are AS/NZS 1337 and 1338 certified.
- gloves – Welding gloves should be made of leather or flame-retardant material, provide good cuff protection, and have sufficient dexterity to perform the specific welding process. For Tig welding, tigmate It offers great dexterity and protection and is available in a variety of cuff lengths. For heavy-duty welding, the Kevlar Blue has a reinforced knuckle bar strip across the back of the hand to protect your knuckles and provide additional abrasion protection and a reinforced palm and thumb. We are also AS/NZS 2161.4 certified.
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