Welding is a joining process in which metals, or sometimes plastics, are heated, melted and mixed to produce a joint with properties similar to those of the materials being joined:
- Metals can also be cut or separated by a flame or an electric arc, or removed by “gouging” with an electric arc;
- The heat in welding may come from a flame, an electric arc, friction or pressure.
One of the more common hazards associated with arc welding is an exposure to the eye from excessive UV radiation during the welding process. The best prevention is to ensure that each worker has the appropriate personal protective equipment which includes eye protection specifically designed to reduce or eliminate UV rays. Some important considerations when working with or around arc welding:
- Wear proper PPE. I.e. welding shield;
- Ensure welding shield or barricades are used (in an enclosed area such as shops) or where possible;
- Ensure that other Workers in the immediate area are aware of the hazard;
- Do not look directly at the welding process;
- Place warning tape to warn others of the work process and hazard;
- A welding flash can cause considerable pain to the eye ….so be aware of the danger!
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