Welding is the process of joining metal parts and pieces together by applying extreme heat to surfaces in order to melt them and then using pressure to unite them back together. The process of welding requires very high temperatures and comes with certain hazards. The most obvious source of hazard comes from getting burned by extremely hot objects, but there is a more insidious hazard to be concerned about:weld exhaust and other fumes from welding. While safety goggles, helmets, jackets, and gloves are mandatory; the same attention should be given to the area’s ventilation. Air ventilation ducting is key in order to prevent weld exhaust from staying in the welding area.
The fume exhaust given off by the process of welding can take a damaging toll on the inner body. The inhalation of welding exhaust fumes such as manganese and hexavalent chromium can harm a person’s eyes, lungs, and brain. These exhaust fumes are known to cause cases of brain damage and lung cancer if they are not guarded against. This is part of the reason why welding is an intensive technical process that requires various kinds of safety gear.