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GAS WELDING AND SAFETY

V. Ryan 2016

 

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Welding inevitably means exposure to extremely high temperatures. For this reason, a leather apron and leather gloves are essential.
 
Special welding goggles protect the eyes from the potential ‘splatter’ of molten metal during the welding process. They also protect the welders eyes from the dangerous ultraviolet and infrared light waves, produced by light emitted by the intense flame of the torch. The goggles usually have ‘flip up’ lenses. These allow the welder to look through normal lenses when arranging the metals to be welded and the ‘flip down’ tinted lenses when welding.

All welding must be carried out in a well ventilated area, as breathing the fumes that are generated during welding, can be dangerous.
 
The welding area should be clear of any potential fire and trip hazards.
 
 
 
 
A welding bench, although not always essential, helps keep welding in a safe area. This type of bench is safe because it will not catch fire and the fire brick area is ideal for welding small items.
 
 
 
 
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