Health & Safety – Take it Seriously
The well-being of a Welder should always be paramount and considered before bottom line profits. In today’s economy this is sometimes overlooked.
Miller Electric’s comprehensive guide includes important facts and trends and does not just promote their products.
We should share this H&S guide around the Industry to educate and inform
Miller Electric has released its 2015 Welding Safety & Health Guide – , full-colour, very comprehensive resource that highlights the company’s personal protective equipment (PPE) and fume management offering. It includes recommendations, industry statistics and trends, key safety terminology and other vital information to aid in understanding welding safety and achieving compliance.
The Miller Welding Safety & Health portfolio encompasses four categories:
Long term Welders face a 30-40% increased risk of lung cancer due to exposure
Weld Fumes; Head and Face; Hand and Body; and Heat Stress, each of which is reflected in the new guide.
Recognising weld fume as a significant area of focus for companies, Miller offers a comprehensive product portfolio that can help establish and maintain regulatory compliance. The weld fume section of the new Welding Safety & Health Guide reflects and addresses the most common questions surrounding weld fume. It also features key regulatory information and introduces OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls — a recommended approach to implementing weld fume solutions that result in compliance and minimise risk.
Guide sections explained
Because eye injuries are the top recordable injury for many welding companies, the ‘head and face’ section of the guide offers recommendations to address this concern, including suggestions for selecting the appropriate welding helmet and lens shade for welding, cutting and grinding applications. The extensive Miller welding helmet features a range of options – from passive helmets to those with the largest auto-darkening viewing area in the industry – along with the most innovative lens technology. Also in this section are a new line of safety glasses and the revolutionary Weld-MaskTM auto-darkening goggles.
Eye Injuries account for 25% of all injury claims by welders. 90% could be prevented by the use of proper protective eye wear.
The ‘hand and body’ section features Miller gloves and apparel made with premium materials and quality construction, providing a comfortable alternative for welding operators. This section also offers an in-depth explanation of various glove and apparel materials, which can ensure companies understand options within PPE, leading to the selection of the appropriate product for the application.
The last section in the Welding Safety & Health Guide – ‘heat stress’ – provides insight into identifying, addressing and preventing heat stress to ensure a healthy, comfortable and safe workforce. Provided best practices can lower body temperatures and protect welding operators from serious injuries, without limiting productivity. Helmet cooling solutions, such as the Miller CoolBeltTM can decrease temperatures under the hood, keeping welding operators up to 17 degrees cooler.
Let’s keep our welders safe, comfortable and enjoying their daily work. With an influx of young welders about to enter the fabrication and metalworking sectors this is a great time to enforce safe practice.
Download the PDF Guide from Miller Electric here
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