A safe welding environment
Things to do to create a safe welding environment, First of all it should be made sure that all the proper protective equipment is available and in good condition. Proper gear includes a welding helmet; mask, gloves, steel toe boots, and any other protective gear needed depending on the type of weld.
Compressed gas cylinders should be handled with extreme caution and turned completely off when not in use. These cylinders should be stored up right and capped off when being stored. All Flammable materials should be cleared from the welding area. The welder should remove all matches, lighters and other flammable materials before beginning. The area should be clear of any water due to the risk of electrical shock. Welding areas should not have wooden floors unless a flammable protective substance such as sand or fire resistant fabric is covering it.
All equipment should be checked to ensure all parts are in proper working order. Others in the area should also wear protective eye gear to protect their eyes. Welding shields may also be used when others are present. If it becomes necessary to weld in a wet area with an arc welder rubber boots and a dry platform should be used.
When using an arc welder you should first be sure the equipment is properly installed and is in good working condition. Assure that sparks do not hit any of the hoses, cylinders or regulators this could cause an explosion. Adequate ventilation is a must especially in poor ventilated areas; fans should be used to assure the welder has a steady supply of fresh air at all times.