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Tips for welding safety

Welding safety talk

The potential for injury while welding is significant and can include burns, exposure to fumes and light and heat radiation.

While not an exhaustive list, the tips below help to reduce the potential for a workplace accident when welding:

• Inspect all equipment prior to use (torches, electrical components, regulators, etc.)
• Flammable and/or combustible materials should not be stored within 50 feet of welding area
• Sufficient local exhaust and ventilation should be provided to remove welding and hot work fumes
• When ventilation is insufficient to control the respiratory hazard, proper respiratory protection should be used
• Welding screens are used to protect nearby workers from the flash glare of welding operations or from sparks generated from cutting operations
• Firefighting equipment should be readily available nearby

Personal protective equipment should include:
• Welding hood and gloves
• Clothing made from wool or wool blends rather than cotton
• Leather cape, jacket or apron
• Dark clothing to help reduce reflected light


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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