Welding work can be very dangerous. The welding equipment usually generates a lot of heat energy that is designed to cut or melt materials like metals, plastics and ceramics. This kind of energy can be deadly and should be handled carefully. It takes many years of training to become a qualified welder, and even more so when using laser welding technology. It is important that in any welding company, due care is taken to ensure the safety of the welders or operators, and minimal or no damage to the materials being worked on. The first step to accomplishing this is to first ensure they know how to work the equipment they will be using. Most welding machinery comes with a manual that clearly stipulates how the device should be safely used. Mastering the manual is very important.
With more complex machinery like Micro Laser Welding, training may need to be offered by the manufacturer, especially where the device has been specifically customized for the client. The intensity of the light produced by welding machinery is often very damaging to exposed skin. This coupled with the possibility of sparks flying makes it vital that the welder or operator to always cover up fully when working. Any flammable materials should also be kept well away from this area.
The welders clothing should also be flame resistant. Attire like denim jeans and specially designed welding jackets are a good option. Leather aprons can be used to further protect clothing. In most cases such attire is easy to find and comes in lightweight materials so as to allow the welder to be comfortable while working and covered up. Heavy duty gloves are also very important. They should however only be use d to work the equipment, not the welded material. If still hot, other implements should be used to pick up the material, like pliers as the loves are usually not sturdy enough for this exposure.
Dangerous gases can be released during the welding process. This makes it advisable to make use of an exhaust hood over the area you are carrying out welding work. Some materials may require the use of respirators. Using laser equipment however can allow the operator to carry out the welding work remotely, further reducing the risk to human life. The face of the welder should always be protected using a specifically designed helmet. This helmet also helps to protect against the flashes of light that can be very painful to the naked eye.