Safety and environment factors

It is essential to observe safe working practices not only to safeguard yourself, but also to safeguard the people with whom you work. Process developments that improve the working environment or remove the operator from the more hazardous operations are therefore desirable. All employers must, by law, maintain a safe place to work. All employees (including you) are as equally responsible for safety as are their employers.

COMMON WELDING SAFETY HAZARDS:

  • The operator is normally protected by means of protective clothing, local screening and ventilation whilst additional protection may be required to protect other workers in adjacent areas.
  • These measures may be costly in themselves as well as having an effect on the overall efficiency of the production operation.
  • Process developments that improve the working environment or remove the operator from the more hazardous operations are therefore desirable.

Basic requirement for safe work:

The basic requirements for safe working are to:

1. Learn the safe way of doing each task. This is also the correct way.

2. Use the safe way of carrying out the task in practice.

3. Ask for instruction if you do not understand a task or have not received previous instruction.

4. Be constantly on your guard against careless actions by yourself or by others.

5. Practice good housekeeping at all times, e.g. keep your working area clean and tidy and your tools and equipment in good condition

6. Co-operate promptly in the event of an accident or a fire.

7. Report all accidents to your instructor or supervisor.

8. Draw your instructor’s or your supervisor’s attention to any potential hazard you have noticed.

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