1. Have the right gear.
It is very important that you have the right gear when you are welding. If you own a shop, then you need to make sure that your employees are wearing the proper gear. Everyone who is welding should wear flame-resistant clothing. The clothing could be things such as denim or wool which will help to protect the welder. If cotton is worn it should be treated to ensure that it is resistant to fire.
A welding jacket is an excellent way to help protect workers. Some may complain that welding jackets are too hot and too heavy to wear and will try to avoid them at all costs. Many of the companies who make safety gear now make clothing that is lightweight yet still provides a great deal of protection. The newer styles are also made to allow welders to be able to move much easier.
Gloves are also very important for welders but many will refuse to wear them. Years ago, the gloves were simply one size fit all. Now, gloves are designed with different welding processes in mind. They are also made to be easier to move in so that work is not only easier but safer.
2. Beware of repetitive stress injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries are a serious problem to a lot of workers. It is a good idea for anyone who owns a welding shop to ensure that workers are familiar with ways to avoid these injuries. Over time, these injuries could become serious enough to force a welder to give up his career.
These kinds of injuries are caused by doing the same thing over and over or from being in the same position under the same strain for a long period of time. For example, auto-darkening helmets reduce neck fatigue that is usually caused by a traditional fixed-shade helmet. The reason it helps avoid repetitive stress injuries? Because an auto-darkening helmet is lighter to wear and the worker is not required to look down in order to drop the hood. Plus, seconds are saved in between welds and these seconds will add up during the work day. More work can be done. If you own a shop, you can encourage the use of auto-darkening helmets by splitting the costs of the helmets with the operators.
3. Don't allow clutter.
Clutter is a welding shop's enemy. Clutter can lead to accidents and even to fires or other emergencies. Consider an emergency situation. If the shop is cluttered and people need to leave the area quickly, clutter can be very dangerous, causing them to fall and hindering their leaving the area. Clutter is also a major cause of fires, as sparks can find more places to land and smolder.
In order to keep a shop organized, consider labeling the places where welding machines are supposed to be. Every place equipment should be can be labeled and then enforce the rules of keeping the equipment in its proper location. This will help ensure that equipment is out of the way and paths are clear.