Soldering can be a very dangerous practice, and when working in the soldering industry, there are many precautions that should be put into place to ensure the risk of a work injury is minimal. Here are five things that every employer in the soldering industry should train their employees on putting into practice with every job.
- Always wear safety goggles
It may seem like a no-brainer, but wearing safety glasses is crucial. The metal, soldering iron itself and components will all be exceptionally hot during the soldering process, and getting any debris of this temperature in the eyes could cause a very painful, serious work accident.
- Always solder is a ventilated environment
Soldering causes mild fumes, so when there is soldering taking place, the environment should be well ventilated. Open windows or extractor fans should work well so the mild fumes that are created in this process can be freed. If they aren’t, they can cause a whole host of nasty accidents at work, such as throat irritation, eye irritation and in some rare cases, breathing problems. An injury at work such as this can be easily avoided by ensuring soldering is never undertaken in an enclosed space.
- Never put a soldering iron down onto your work space
When a soldering iron is not in use temporarily, even if it’s just for a second, it should be placed in a safety stand. If a hot soldering iron is placed on a counter, it could not only cause a fire, but also, a whole host of injuries at work, such as burns or smoke inhalation.
- Wear safety equipment
When soldering, you should always wear the relevant safety equipment, and this should be provided by your employer. Safety heat protective gloves will guard your hands from a burn injury from the soldering iron which you’ll be in very close proximity to, while wearing proper footwear with no exposed skin will ensure that no dropping spots of metal burn your feet and cause a burn at work.
- Contact Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in helping people who have suffered an industrial injury, such as a burn, trip or fall or fume inhalation receive compensation. Your safety should be your employer’s priority, and when this priority is neglected, accidents at work occur. Get in touch with our team of lawyers today.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice