Whatever the industry, if there are welding operations, there is potential for a wide variety of hazards. At Sutton-Garten, keeping the welding community safe has been, and always will be, a top priority. Some of the hazards affiliated with welding that can cause complex safety and health issues are:
- Toxic gases and fumes
- Arc radiation
- Electrical shocks.
According to the OSHA website, “Welding, cutting, and brazing are hazardous activities that pose a unique combination of both safety and health risks to more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries. The risk from fatal injuries alone is more than four deaths per thousand workers over a working lifetime.” OSHA also discusses the hazards of hexavalent chromium, compounds which can be formed during the welding process. If inhaled, hexavalent chromium can literally burn our insides, and dangers like this have caused OSHA to raise safety standards and to require monitored air filtration systems in welding environments.
We believe there’s a “safety evolution” happening in all industries, and we’ve seen OSHA raise standards and offer specific safety guidelines for the different industries employing welding practices. Additionally, there are specialized standards to meet as well for particular types of welding.
At Sutton-Garten, we’re happy to see that industries are continuing to evolve and to become more focused on safety issues and on hazards prevention. We offer a complete line of welding safety equipment, including gloves, helmets and more. Like we said before, keeping the welding community safe is, and always will be, a top priority for us at Sutton-Garten!