Welding is a risky craft, but one that we cannot do without seeing as how popular metal is. However, let’s just concede that all jobs that we do involving power tools do have an amount of risk. Some have a small risk, some have a bigger risk. It is just the way it is. However, with good management, it should be easy for you to manage the risk too. In fact, it is quite possible for you to minimize, if not eliminate all the risk. One of the biggest risks on the workshop floor is that of fire.
I have been teaching the local welding school for orphans how to prevent fire in the welding workshop. Here are some of the safety features that we have been considering:
Do a safety survey before you can begin welding
This is the most important step in the prevention of fire in your workshop. Welding produces a lot of fumes and fire and so if there are flammables nearby, an explosion is bound to happen. Also, know that the welding fumes are toxic, can cause you eyesight problems and so on. Thus, you want to know that the welding area is well ventilated and that there is a lot of fresh air coming in. Also ensure that the floor of the workshop is clean. You do not want someone to trip over metal pieces lying haphazardly all over the floor.
Ensure your welding equipment is in sound health all the time
Take good care of your gear. This means checking all the gas pipes to make sure they are not leaking. If you are using a MIG or TIG welder, make sure that it has been serviced and primed for the job at hand.
You should check all the cables to make sure that there are no exposed wires anywhere. When it comes to dealing with risks of fire in your workshop, you know you can never be too careful. One way to lessen fire hazards is to ensure your gear is in sound shape and that it works as it is supposed to.
Always have a plan for dousing a fire should one occur
When your daily business in the workshop involves fire, you know that you had better have a plan and a contingency plan too to take care of fire should there be one. Have a fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach position and teach every hand in the workshop how to use this tool. Also, make sure that the fire extinguisher is in good working order. Get different types of fire extinguishers so that if you have a paper, grease or cloth fire, you can put it out in its early stages.
Wear the right gear for the job
Do not be too focused on your equipment and the workshop floor such that you forget about your own safety. You have to wear the right protective gear. This includes the shoes – they should be specifically made for welding. You also need a pair of heavy-duty gloves, an overall and a welding shield. The essence of gearing up in the right clothing is that should there be an accident, you can be able to rise to the occasion to offer help fast.