Welding managers must make their safety expectations clear to welders, other employees, vendors, subcontractors and customers. A lot can be learned about an organization by how safely each individual on the premises acts. Individual attitudes reveal the safety culture that exists in a welding workplace and the level of support from top management. Safety is a constant obligation.
Welders create their own problems by exhibiting lack of confidence and not wearing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). “Certification welds” should be better than “production welds” because the weld coupons are new, clean and the weld surfaces are smooth. The weld test booth is clean, lighted and a safe workplace. Welders tend to overlook the fact that their success in providing a satisfactory demonstration of their welding performance is important to all parties.
Safety means risk management concerning environment, health and safety. Safety is no accident. Safety is planned. Welding and NDT are potentially hazardous occupations. As a welding leader, a measure of success is the regular, safe performance of others.
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Welding joins pieces of metal by the use of heat, pressure or both. Welding is among the most dangerous industrial activities. It requires an enormous degree of precautionary planning because of the risk of personal injury. Gases and fumes can be significantly reduced with process controls and shielding gases.