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Important Welding Safety Information & Welding Supplies

Caution! IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION on Welding Supplies: including Welding Rods, Welding Wire, Welding Electrodes, Welding Sticks
Read and understand welding safety, protect yourself & others.
ALWAYS use proper welding protection equipments.
Goggles: Important Welding Safety Information & Welding Supplies: Welding Rods, Welding Electrodes, Welding Wire Face Shield Ear Protection Gloves
Caution! Welding Electric Shock can kill
Do not allow electrical live parts or electrodes to contact skin, clothing or gloves if they are wet.
Insulate yourself from work and ground. 
 
Caution! Welding Fumes, Smokes and gases can be dangerous to your health
Keep welding fumes, smokes and gases from your breathing zone and general area.
Keep your head out of welding fumes.
Use enough ventilation or exhaust at the arc or both.
 
Caution! Welding Arc Rays can injure eyes and burn skin
Wear correct eye, ear and body protection.
 
Read and understand the manufacturer's instructions, MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and common welding safety practices.
See American National Standard Z49.1 "Safety in Welding and Cutting", published by the American Welding Society,
OSHA Safety and Health Standards, 29 CFR 1910, available from U.S. Dept. of Labor.
 
Welding, without the proper precautions, can be a dangerous and unhealthy practice. However, with the use of new technology and proper protection, risks of injury and death associated with welding can be greatly reduced. Because many common welding procedures involve an open electric arc or flame, the risk of burns is significant. To prevent them, welders wear personal protective equipment in the form of heavy leather gloves and protective long sleeve jackets to avoid exposure to extreme heat and flames. Additionally, the brightness of the weld area leads to a condition called arc eye in which ultraviolet light causes inflammation of the cornea and can burn the retinas of the eyes. Goggles and welding helmets with dark face plates are worn to prevent this exposure, and in recent years, new helmet models have been produced that feature a face plate that self-darkens upon exposure to high amounts of UV light. To protect bystanders, translucent welding curtains often surround the welding area. These curtains, made of a polyvinyl chloride plastic film, shield nearby workers from exposure to the UV light from the electric arc, but should not be used to replace the filter glass used in helmets.
Welders are also often exposed to dangerous gases and particulate matter. Processes like flux-cored arc welding and shielded metal arc welding produce smoke containing particles of various types of oxides, which in some cases can lead to medical conditions like metal fume fever. The size of the particles in question tends to influence the toxicity of the fumes, with smaller particles presenting a greater danger. Additionally, many processes produce fumes and various gases, most commonly carbon dioxide, ozone and heavy metals, that can prove dangerous without proper ventilation and training. Furthermore, because the use of compressed gases and flames in many welding processes poses an explosion and fire risk, some common precautions include limiting the amount of oxygen in the air and keeping combustible materials away from the workplace.[41] Welding fume extractors are often used to remove the fume from the source and filter the fumes through a HEPA filter.