Aaron Ardaiz knows that taking the proper safety measures is the necessary to produce the highest quality projects as a welder. Though even the most seasoned of welders should take all the necessary precautions, he knows that it’s particularly important that those new to the field feel empowered to make the best safety decisions possible, such as the following:
- Wear the proper eye and face protection for the type of welding you are doing. A hand shield, helmet, goggles, and safety glasses are all good types of protection in any case with various applications. All equipment should be safety-approved and arranged to protect body parts from the direct radiant heat. Helmets with filter plates help shield welders from the sparks and arc rays that will strike against the helmet, though they will not protect against grinding fragments, and slag chips.
- It’s important to wear the proper protective clothing, providing sufficient coverage and of the correct materials to minimize burns. It’s recommended that the entire body be covered during all welding activities. Gloves should be flame-resistant, and gauntlet cuffs may offer extra arm protection. Dark clothing is best to reduce reflection, and heavier materials, such as wool or leather, are preferable as they will resist melting.
- The work area must be properly ventilated to ensure that the worker has enough clean breathing air. Welding produces numerous noxious fumes and airborne contaminants that are unsafe for workers, and it’s important that the proper ventilation is present whether it’s natural or mechanical.
Aaron Ardaiz is a welder based in Peoria, Arizona.