Introduction: TIG Fire Safety
There are many safety precautions to consider when welding.
If you are welding in the Pier 9 Workshop, the fire code requires a fire watch policy.
- After welding, users must return the welding area twice to check for signs of fire.
- Return to the area 30 minutes after welding.
- Return again, 30 minutes later.
This policy is wise to follow in all welding studios, be sure that there are no flammable materials within your slag-zone.
Step 1: Protecting Yourself
REQUIRED WELDING SPECIFIC SAFETY GEAR
- Long sleeves and pants - natural fibers or leather
- Leather shoes
- Long gauntlet leather gloves
- Welding hood - shade #11 or darker
ULTRA VIOLET (UV) LIGHT EXPOSURE
UV exposure will cause painful burns, similar to a sunburn.
- Cover all skin from arc flash, at all times.
- A full welding hood, at least #11 or darker, must be worn at all times.
- All people in the welding area must wear all protective gear.
- Fully surround the area with welding screens at all times.
Step 2: Welding Coated Metal
Metal with coatings like paint or powdercoat can emit harmful gases when heated.
- Grind off all coatings before welding.
- Use the fume extractor when grinding and when welding.
- Never wear gloves when grinding.
- Grinding or welding of galvanized material is not allowed.