There are a lot of safety and health hazards that go hand in hand with welding. Many of these happen during the process, but some even happen after. There are two types of hazards present during the welding process. The first is chemical hazards and the second is physical hazards.
The chemical hazards consist of:
The physical hazards would include:
Both of these types of hazards effect your health as a welder. A few of the health effects could include, but are definitely not limited to are:
The CWB Group offers trainings and certifications courses for welders. These courses talk more about the general risks and hazards of the welding industry.
Safety work practices sometimes depend on the complexity of the task at hand and on the conditions of the worksite. But even the smallest task can turn into a massive fire and put you in the hospital.
Canadian Standards Association work hard to improve the health and safety of welders. They provided an improved and much needed update to the welding standards and regulations. An example of the update is the PPE portion of the standards. They are as follows:
PPE isn’t the only thing that will protect you. Developing safe working habits and practicing your work safely will decrease all of the risks and hazards in your workplace. A few examples of safe work practices are listed below:
For more information on this topic you can visit our Compliance for Canada Hard Hat Training Series. Our training course, Welding Online Training, goes more into depth about all the hazards and safety practices of welding. Good luck out there!