safety data sheet for the manufacturer's instructions.
Do not weld near materials that will emit toxic fumes when heated. Vapors from cleaners, sprays,
and degreasers can be highly toxic when heated.
UV and IR Arc Rays
The welding arc produces ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays that can cause injury to your
eyes and skin. Do not look at the welding arc without proper eye protection.
Always use a helmet that covers your full face from the neck to top of head and to the back of
Use a lens that meets ANSI standards and safety glasses. For welders under 160 amps output,
use a shade 10 lens; for above 160 amps, use a shade 12. Refer to the ANSI standard Z87.1 for
Cover all bare skin areas exposed to the arc with protective clothing and shoes. Flame-retardant
cloth or leather shirts, coats, pants, or coveralls are available for protection.
Use screens or other barriers to protect other people from the arc rays emitted from your welding.
Warn people in your welding area when you are going to strike an arc so they can protect
Do not weld on containers or pipes that contain or have had flammable, gaseous, or liquid
combustibles in them. Welding creates sparks and heat that can ignite flammable and
Do not operate any electric arc welder in areas where flammable or explosive materials are
Remove all flammable materials within 35 feet of the welding arc.
Take precautions to ensure that flying sparks do not cause fires or explosions in hidden areas,
cracks, or areas you cannot see.
Keep a fire extinguisher close in the case of fire.
Wear garments that are oil-free with no pockets or cuffs that will collect sparks.
Do not have on your person any items that are combustible, such as lighters or matches.
Keep work lead connected as close to the weld area as possible to prevent any unknown,
unintended paths of electrical current from causing electrical shock and fire hazards.
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