Chapter 1 Safety in the Welding Shop
After studying this chapter, you will be able to:
Identify several common causes of accidents.
Recognize possible safety hazards in the welding shop or other work environments.
Select and properly use safety equipment appropriate to working conditions.
Recognize and evaluate potential safety hazards and react appropriately to prevent accidents.
Welding can pose a wide range of safety and health risks to welders. Welding health hazards include exposure to toxic fumes and ultraviolet rays. Potential safety hazards, such as burns, eye damage, electrical shock, and crushed toes and fingers, can arise from the use of powerful welding equipment. Careful training in the proper work practices and the use of quality personal protective equipment can help to reduce these dangers.
While many important safety procedures are outlined in this chapter, always read and comply with owner's manuals, safety labels on products, and all applicable safety standards. Before operating, installing, or servicing any tool or unit, consult and follow the directions in the owner's manual. Also, carefully read the material safety data sheets for all metals and materials used. Finally, every welder should read and understand Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes (ANSI Z49.1) and keep a copy on hand.