Welding is a very useful yet dangerous technique. People have been welding in one form or another for over 2,000 years, but like many industrial processes, welding can be very dangerous. Whether an employee is working with the hazardous gases of an "oxyacetylene" unit, the high voltage of "stick welding," or the combination of gas and electricity that powers "MIG" and "TIG" operations, flying sparks, toxic fumes, electric shock and high temperatures are just some of the things that can make welding a dangerous proposition. Our training products on Welding Safety remind employees that there are indeed a number of hazards associated with welding, and provide the information they need to work safely when involved with welding operations. Topics covered within these materials are getting "authorization" for welding operations, sparking and the risk of fire, guards and protective barriers, hazardous fumes and ventilation, the use of respirators and many other informative topics.
DID YOU KNOW? Welding is one of the most hazardous occupations in construction, yet Welders make up over half a million workers in America’s workforce. Traditionally, welders had to fear workplace injury from burns, electricity, and “welder’s flash” Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at an additional workplace risk for less immediate but no less serious conditions of lung, brain, and nerve damage, such as manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s disease).