Do you know the major risks involved when welding? What kind of protection exists for welders?
Subject: Risks in Welding
17-Feb-2012 Electrical, Metal Mechanics, Petrochemical, Mining, Industrial Safety and Personal Protection
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Welders are in an occupational group that is exposed to different types of risks, such as:
Gases and Dust in Welding
In some conditions, gases emitted by some electrodes and the vapors given off during welding some metals can cause harm by inhalation to welders, from simple nasal irritation to a permanent problem in the respiratory system.
Discharge or Electrical Shock in Welding
Electrical shock is one of the main dangers to which a welder is exposed, since welders have contact with an electrical current. This current can discharge and cause a violent reaction that in some cases is benign and in others mortal.
Leaving the equipment on when it is not in use, not using gloves while handling the equipment, or standing in water while using equipment are the main reasons that a discharge or electrical shock could occur.
Bumps and Bruises in Welding
The welder, for example, may suffer some bumps and scrapes while assembling metal sections. The main cause of these accidents is the lack of attention to the operation being performed.
Noise in Welding
When materials are attached to each other, they vibrate and release energy, producing noise. The main sources of noise in welding are: hammering, grinding or polishing of metal sheets and plates, operation of high-pressure torches, among others.
Glare in Welding
When an electric arc is viewed without adequate protection, the user is likely to suffer a daze. The effects of glare occur after several hours. Symptoms include burning and irritation of the eyes, which is painful or uncomfortable if the eyes are either closed or open.
Electric arc welding produces rays of 6,000°, which leads to the formation of infrared and ultraviolet rays that can cause severe skin burns. Sparks, hot metal particles and flakes are violently hot and can cause injury.
Failure to wear long sleeves, and using the equipment without proper protection, are the main causes of skin burns.
Suppliers of Uniforms for Welders
B&B Apparel S. A. de C. V. is a company whose main objective is provide the American market with work wear, uniforms and protection. The company produces a line of fire retardant products, including coveralls, jackets, shirts, pants and lab coats.
B & B Apparel offers a line of flame and arc resistant uniforms that are ideal for the petrochemical, power, and steel industries, among others, and for any activity where workers are exposed to flashes of fire and burns from welding.
The materials used for the manufacture of these garments are certified to international standards such as Fireproof ® fabric which is certified by the NFPA 1977-2005, "Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting". The fabric is 100% cotton and provides comfort or coolness for the comfort of workers exposed to hot, humid environments.
The uniforms of B & B Apparel provide protection that allows welders to avoid harm and reduce the possibility of severe damage, because they have security mechanisms such as the system of fasteners that prevent direct contact with skin and allow for quick movement to remove the clothing in case of danger.
Learn more about the Profile, Products, Address and Phone Number for B&B Apparel.
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