Epic Blue Fabrication on Safety
In any industry safety is a high priority. It’s important for companies to have safety procedures that lower the risk of employees getting injured. At Epic Blue Fabrication we value safety. When it comes to doing work for our clients we respect there safety rules and procedures.
In fabrication, the number of potential safety hazards are high because of all the moving parts, aggressive tools, and heavy metals that we work with. Consequently, there is a high risk of injury. In this article, we are going to go over what Epic Blue Fabrication looks out for and what we do to reduce the risk of injury.
First, a couple of significant hazards to be aware of. Ultraviolet light and infrared light are very dangerous to the eyes and skin. Ultraviolet light from the arc while welding can cause burns on the white or the retina of the eye, causing pain or even vision loss. Viewing the welding process without protection can cause a flash burn, and the closer you get the easier it is to flash your eyes. When it comes to your skin it is important to wear the right clothing as thin, light-colored clothing allows ultraviolet rays to travel through and burn the skin.
Infrared light is felt as heat when you are close to an arc. Your skin that is directly facing the arc is subject to burns if you are not wearing the right personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are around someone welding, wear the right eye protection or make sure they have welding screens up. If you are the one that is welding make sure your helmet is working properly and you are wearing protective clothing.
Another important thing to watch out for is electric shock. This often happens when you are not paying attention to your surroundings. While fabricating, electric shock can happen in several different ways. One example would be grabbing a damaged electrical cord and before you know it you are electrocuted.
To help prevent this there are precautions you can take to avoid electric shock. Keep your tools that have electric motors and electrical wire on them correctly maintained. It is always good to inspect your equipment on a daily basis. Welding around moisture is dangerous so make sure that there are no damaged or cut wires on your tools and equipment.
Proper ventilation is a must while welding. We even recommend using a respirator. Welding with any type of electrode that has a flux needs to be done with natural ventilation or forced ventilation. The reason for ventilation while flux is being used is because there are harmful chemicals that are in the flux that burn into a gas and can be inhaled.
There are many injuries that have happened that could of been prevented by having a clean and organized work site. In fabrication the work area can get disorganized very quickly with metal projects, scrap pieces, tools, welding equipment, cutting equipment, leads and extension cords, etc. If you can get good at keeping things organized, it will be a productive and safe work environment. Simply by keeping up with removing scrap, organizing your projects, and minimizing the tools and equipment to just the ones you need to complete the project.
These are some of the most important things about safety that we follow at Epic Blue Fabrication. This is how we lower the risk of injury.
- Being organized with your tools and equipment
- Maintaining your tools and equipment
- Wearing the right PPE
- Having proper ventilation
- Following safety protocols