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Date PostedSeptember 27, 2013

Importance of Eye Protection during Welding


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One of the most damaging activities to our eyes in the construction process is welding. In fact just like most other construction activities, welding presents a range of hazards that can cause injury to workers if not properly managed.

It is important that workers that engage in welding have undergone the necessary training in addition to the general safety training that all the other workers receive. It is also vital that workers who aren’t trained are appropriately supervised while engaging in welding and other high risk tasks.

Another important consideration is the need for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).  A hazard assessment will determine the risk associated with the hazard and the PPE required to effectively control the risk.

Proper eye and face protection for welding safety varies depending on the particular task being performed.For example helmet, hand shield, goggles and safety glasses or combination of these are acceptable protection in certain circumstances.  Helmets and hand shields protect the face, forehead, neck and ears to a vertical line in back of the ears, from the arc direct radiant energy and weld splatter.

Welding helmets with filter plates should be used to protect users from arc rays and from weld sparks and spatters, which strike directly against the helmet. These helmets aren’t designed to protect against slag chips, grinding fragments, wire wheel bristles and similar hazards, which can ricochet under the helmet.

Spectacles, goggles or other appropriate eye protection should be worn to protect the worker against these impact hazards. Most serious injuries resulting from welding can be avoided with the appropriate PPE.



Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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