1.5 Welding Safety
While it's true that all types of welding involves safety hazards, it's easy to protect yourself and remain healthy and injury-free. In 40 years of welding, I've never experienced anything more than a slightly burned finger from hot metal that I thought was cool enough to touch.
The video below explains five MIG welding safety hazards and how you can protect yourself against them. Hazards include:
- Electric shock
- Eye injury
Safety head to toe
To protect yourself, here are the safety equipment pieces you should consider :
- Helmet: The best kind are called “auto darkening” and have a lens that automatically gets dark as soon as welding begins. See Lesson 2.3 for more details about this amazing piece of equipment.
- Gloves: Heavy, heat-resistant gloves are essential, and you can learn more about choosing wisely in Lesson 2.5 Welding Glove Recommendations.
- Sturdy footwear: Boots or shoes with steel toes will protect from dropped tools and metal, and rubber soles provide extra protection from the unlikely risk of shock.
- Welder’s jacket: The most protective are made of leather, but a heavy shirt provides good protection, too.
- Welder’s cap: This optional cloth item goes on your head before the helmet goes on, providing extra protect from sparks that might waft back and land on your head.