Welding Safety 101

Welding, the industry’s most common method of joining metals, poses many serious risks if not performed with caution and proper skills training. Before welding or cutting, be sure to have thorough welding training and follow these helpful tips:
• The operator and those around him should always wear protective and flame-resistant clothing, goggles, and gloves. Covering all parts of the body is recommended to protect from sparks, splatter, or radiation.
• Always let colleagues know when and where you will be welding so they know whether to stay away from the area or wear protective gear.
• Do not weld in an area with wooden floors, unless they are protected with fire resistant fabric or fireproof material. Sparks or splatters could land on the floor and start a fire.
• All flammable material must be moved from the area.
• Keep an operable fire extinguisher close by at all times in the event a fire occurs.
• Mark all hot metal after welding is performed and do not leave hot scraps or tools on the floor or near welding equipment.
• Ensure the area is properly ventilated before welding. If you must weld in a confined space, be sure to take the necessary precautions to ensure it is a safe environment to weld in.
• Do not experiment with torches or regulators and always operate equipment properly.
• Take skills training courses to ensure your welding training is up-to-date.