Bighorn holds extreme value in making safety a priority for both our employees and customers while on site. When working as a welder or stepping in a welding environment, it is key to know the best welding safety practices. We highly value welding safety because welding is known as a hazardous workplace activity and we want to implement as much safety knowledge as possible to all of our employees. Every employee will be given proper training on welding safety and we will consistently inspect our welding equipment to minimize the risk of health and safety injuries at our facility.
One of the most important things to remember when considering welding safety, is to be sure to keep your welding blinds up. Welding blinds are extremely beneficial when it comes to proper welding safety because they create spaces that are designed specifically for welding purposes. Welding blinds also provide many benefits such as noise reduction, temperature control, containment of welding fumes, and they protect welders and others in the facility from flashes or debris. Since welding blinds are made out of heavy duty materials, they are able to withstand high heats and they ensure that welders and anyone entering our buildings will be free from harm.
In addition to keeping welding blinds in place, it is extremely important to always wear safety goggles and earplugs while welding. The ultraviolet and infrared lights produced while welding can be extremely harmful to the eyes if safety goggles are not worn. Welding safety goggles will not only protect your eyes from these lights. The benefits are numerous as they will protect your eyes from heat, optical radiation, sparks, and debris. If you choose to purchase your own welding safety goggles, it is extremely important to ensure that the optical filter is appropriate for the welding work you will be performing.
Earplugs will guard your ears from excessive noise and protect the ears from metal sparks and airborne particles from entering the ear canal. The average noise decibel while welding can average anywhere between 80 and 118 decibels and can differ upon the type of welding being done. It is extremely important to remember to wear your earplugs when welding because any exposure to noise over 85 decibels for several hours is considered extremely hazardous to your hearing.
The clothing worn while welding is also an extremely important factor when maintaining welding safety practices. Burns are the most common injuries among welders due to welding sparks landing on the skin. In order to maintain the best welding safety practices, we highly recommend fire resistant clothing to protect your skin while welding. No area of the skin should be bare or exposed. One thing to keep in mind when choosing clothing is the difference between flame resistant and flame retardant clothing. Flame resistant clothing is actually made out of flame resistant material and the self-extinguishing properties cannot be lost due excessive wear or washing. Fire retardant clothing functions the same as flame resistant clothing. However, fire retardant clothing fire resistance can be lost over time. It is highly important that our team remains safe and avoids all possible risks. Wearing fire resistant clothing will make it less likely for you to experience any burns while on the welding site. Proper footwear and gloves are also extremely essential to wear while welding. When choosing your shoes, we recommend leather boots with a steel toe. Proper welding shoes will prevent significant injuries and they will allow you to work longer hours without experiencing discomfort or pain. For complete welding safety, we also advise our employees to wear welding gloves at all times. Gloves are an essential component while welding in order to protect your hands from hot equipment, sparks, rough or sharp surfaces, and other hazards present while welding.
In addition to wearing the proper safety gear and keeping weldings blinds up, we always want our team to be aware of their environment. This includes ensuring that welding is not taking place near an explosive gas or other chemicals that can cause harm around the welding area. Our welders also need to be aware of what specific wiring and gas needs to be used prior to the application of welding.
Overall, Bighorn truly values welding safety and we want all of our employees to always be safe and to always take every welding safety precaution. We will take every step possible to ensure that everyone at Bighorn is knowledgeable about welding safety and that they will take steps to practice welding safety everyday on the job. Bighorn strives to always have a line of open communication with both our employees and clients. So, if you have any questions about how to best comply with welding safety, our door is always open to serve you to be safe and injury free in the welding environment.