Creating a Safe ARC Welding Environment

Stud welding systems used in accordance with the National Electrical Code NFPA-70 and local codes should pose no threat to trained professionals. However, steps can be taken to further reduce safety hazards.

Electrical precautions for a safe arc welding environment

DO:

  • Schedule regular inspections and maintenance of welding equipment to identify and correct insulation breakdown, frayed wiring, or other damages that pose a threat to welders.
  • Equip welders with appropriate PPE, such as rubber-soled safety boots and insulated gloves, to reduce risk of injury.
  • Establish proper grounding to prevent stray currents that could threaten the welder as well as others in the weld zone.
  • Turn off power when not in use or when handling the material being welded.

DON’T:

  • Work in wet areas or weld when you or your PPE are wet.
  • Touch live electrical parts as it could establish a current path through your body.

Fire precautions for a safe arc welding environment

DO:

  • Remove all flammable materials from the work station.
  • Take extra precautions when it is necessary to weld near or through combustible materials to prevent sparks or berries from reaching and igniting them.
  • Properly store gas cylinders away from the workstation to prevent ignition.
  • Keep fire suppression equipment on hand for easy access and train welders to properly use it.
  • Be aware of emergency exits in case of fire.

DON’T:

  • Handle welded parts without gloves until they have had ample time to cool.
  • Degrease or use flammable solvents near welding stations.

PPE precautions for a safe arc welding environment

DO:

  • Wear eye protection at all times when welding in accordance with ANSI Standard Z87.1.
  • Wear ear protection when operating or working within a confined environment wherein noise levels are considered hazardous. More information can be found in OSHA Standard 29, CFR, Part 1910, Sub-part Q, Welding, Cutting, and Brazing.
  • Wear flame-resistant clothing, including high boots, gloves, apron, leather leggings, etc. to protect skin from splatter, arc flash, sparks, and berries. See ANSI/ASC Z49.1, Safety in Welding and Cutting for more detailed information.
  • Wear a welding helmet or goggles to prevent burns and other damage caused by intense heat and light.
  • Wear respirators to protect lungs from harmful fumes.

DON’T:

  • Wear flammable synthetic fabrics.

Other precautions for a safe arc welding environment

DO:

  • Handle materials carefully to prevent cuts from sharp metal edges.
  • Use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury when lifting heavy materials.
  • Reduce trips and falls by diminishing loose cabling on the floor and noting hazards where they remain through signage.
  • Avoid arc stud welding if you have been fitted with a heart pacemaker as the high currents can create elevated magnetic fields.

PFSNO takes pride in the distribution of welding equipment that meets or exceeds national welding standards. Consult with our experts to ensure that your arc stud welding environment is safe for all of your employees.