California law requires that employers take reasonable steps to protect their workers from workplace hazards. This means that your employer has an obligation to keep you safe during a welding project. Consider some of the hazards that you may face and how to minimize your chances of getting hurt.
Make sure there is plenty of ventilation
There is a good chance that you will be exposed to toxic fumes while welding. However, the use of a ventilation system can help to ensure that you have plenty of clean air to breathe while working. In addition to exhaust fans, you may want to wear a personal respirator to make it easier to breathe in a closed environment.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
If you are working in close proximity to potentially flammable materials, it is critical that you have access to a fire extinguisher. Alternatively, your employer may provide you with a water hose, sand or other materials that might help to put out a fire. Furthermore, you should know where your emergency exit is in the event that a fire or explosion occurs. Ideally, you will remain on a job site for several minutes after you complete your task to ensure that nothing is smoldering.
Remain aware of potential physical hazards
Light, noise and falling objects can pose a danger to your health regardless of what you are doing on a job site. Therefore, it may be a good idea to wear goggles, earplugs and sturdy footwear. It may also be in your best interest to wear a mask, gloves and anything else that might protect you from a cut, scrape or burn injury.
If you are injured on the job, it may be possible to apply for workers’ comp benefits. These benefits may help you pay bills or take care of other financial needs if you are unable to work. An attorney may help you file a claim or track the progress of a claim after it has been submitted.