Monday, August 23, 2010

Welding Hazards in the Workplace

Welding Hazards in the Workplace
When it comes to dangerous professions, welding is perhaps taking the number one spot off late. Anything can go wrong and result in serious hazards. The hazards related to welding are the leading cause of injuries in construction sites. Most welding accidents in fact could have been prevented if the person was well educated and took the time to follow the safety precautions.

Some of the welding hazards in the workplace are:

1.Noise Hazards – If workers are exposed to constant loud noises it can lead to permanently damage or hearing disabilities. Some studies have also linked to heart disease resulting from high blood pressure and stress, which are the natural reaction to loud noises. All employees according to OSHA must test for noise levels in order to determine the threat it may cause them. Employees must use OSHA approved ear safety protection to prevent these hazards.

2.Electrical Hazards – This is unlikely but possible. There is a possibility that you may suffer from electrical shock while welding. If an area has water on the floor or the space is tight to move around, then it is best not to weld or use any equipment. While welding it is best to use gloves to prevent electrical shock and other related injuries.

3.Hazardous Gases And Fumes – During the welding process, several different gases are released. Harmful gases are produced from the material that is welded or painted. Exposure to these metal fumes can cause flu like systems like fever, sore chest, body ache, coughing, wheezing and nausea.

In OSHA safety training, the hazards of welding are discussed. The OSHA training course will also train workers on how the hazards can be prevented and make their workplace safer.