Safety Month: Welding Safety

June is Safety Month in North America, and to raise awareness for workplace safety, Refresh Leadership will be highlighting five areas of focus for organizations in all industries. For the second week of Safety Month, we are covering welding safety.

Safety Month: Welding Safety

Welding is a highly paid, highly skilled trade that can be dangerous if precautions aren’t followed. Moreover, welding injuries can be quite severe when safety is not taken seriously. Check out these safety measures to help protect your employees.

Welding Safety Tips

  1. Lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the cause of many welding injuries. PPE should always be available and include:
    • Fire-retardant clothing
    • Shoes
    • Gloves
    • Proper head and eye protection
  1. Safe welding areas are free from combustible gasses and flammable materials with enough room to safely move around without bumping anything while welding.
  2. Confirm welding equipment is properly grounded to help prevent shocks or electrocution.
  3. Ensure proper ventilation and PPE is available so welders are protected against harmful fumes.
  4. Ensure your employees are not placed in positions to weld on used containers. The smallest amount of combustible gas may be left in a container, which leaves plenty of room for enough oxygen to easily ignite.

Stay tuned for next week’s article where we will shine a light on Forklift Safety!

What does your company do to raise awareness to safe procedures in the workplace? Let us know in the comments section below!

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