Whether you are a manufacturer of heavy equipment employing several welders or a startup automotive shop, chances are you use the MIG or metal inert gas welder. This specific kind of welder is among the most versatile welder types since they could work with various materials and applications.
However, you should bear in mind the risks your welders expose themselves to while at work. You can employ safety mechanisms, like the use of downdraft tables or aluminum dust collectors, and do extensive orientation in your workplace on the importance of safety.
Here are some of the potential hazards of MIG welding.
Respiratory Health Dangers
MIG welding contributes to various respiratory illnesses. The metal welded, the filler utilized, and anything on the object’s surface worked on, including paint, undergo a vaporization process. This, in turn, produces toxic fumes and smoke your welders can inhale.
Likewise, inert gases utilized for shielding the electric arc light generated by the welding equipment could build up in the workspace and displace oxygen. Also, this process could also produce carbon monoxide at potentially dangerous levels, all of which can affect your respiratory health.
MIG welding is just among the many “hot works” in the manufacturing industry that involves the active use of many potential sources of ignition.
If the welding station already has breathable air and a potential ignition source, you should take great care to eliminate or significantly reduce the presence of combustible materials.
This is among the most immediate and serious risks MIG welders face every single day. Contact with electrically hot metal components could result in injury or worse, death, due to the electric shock itself or a fall or slip resulting from the electrocution.
Skin and Eye Burns
Anyone in the welding zone is in danger of burning the skin and eyes if they look directly at the hot, bright welding arc. In addition, melted metal drops sprayed and splashed in the welding zone could easily burn the skin.
Put simply, you hold the key to keeping your MIG welders and other workers safe in the workplace. Put safety measures in place, and always remind your welders on the importance of being safe.