At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Describe the different welding-specific personal protective equipment
- Describe why different filter plates are used
- Differentiate between the different welding types
- Identify and describe different welding hazards
The following key questions are answered in this module:
Why is ear protection important for welding safety?Ear protection is important in protecting against harmful noise levels, and also to prevent hot sparks from entering the ear while welding or cutting.
What types of gloves should I use for welding?Gloves for general welding and cutting should be the heavy insulated, gauntlet type. TIG welding gloves can be used for lighter work if needed.
What is arc welding?Arc welding is the coalescence of metals produced by heat developed from an electric arc between an electrode and the metal of the work piece.
What hazards are associated with brazing and soldering?Brazing and soldering hazards include: metal fumes from base metal, coatings, fillers, or solder; gases from fluxes; and burns from contacting hot irons.
How do I reduce the risk of fire or explosion during welding or cutting operations?You can reduce the risk of fire and explosions by: removing combustible materials 35 feet away from the welding zone, obtaining Hot Work Permits for welding work done outside of the welding area, and by posting a fire watcher during and for 30 minutes after the welding operation.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
Always wear approved safety glasses with side shields when welding, cutting, or grinding. In addition to eye protection, always wear an approved welding face shield.
Welding face shields or welding goggles are specifically designed to protect against welding hazards and to resist hot splatter. They also have tinted visors to protect against dangerous arc rays.
Sunglasses, safety goggles, or any other protective eye wear are not substitutes for proper welding specific face protection.
Different welding processes may require specialized lenses known as "filter plates" that are designed to protect against flash burns and eye damage by absorbing infrared and ultraviolet light. These plates are inserted inside the helmet into lens holders.
Different color lenses are also available to reduce the amount of white light and glare while welding.
Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:
- National Fire Protection Association - http://www.nfpa.org
- OSHA Safety & Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/weldingcuttingbrazing
- Welding Safety Quick Tips - http://www.grainger.com/content/QT-WS-welding-safety-109
- NFPA Codes & Standards - http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/document-information-pages?mode=code&code=51B