Spot welding is a fairly common method that can be done from home or in a personal workshop. For many, it offers a great pathway into the world of welding whether it is for the keen hobbyist or for people looking to make some money.
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Safety in any type of welding is imperative and you should make sure you are familiar with the safety instructions of the equipment you are using, before installation, during use and in aftercare and maintenance. It is also vital that you take the necessary precautions to ensure you are wearing the appropriate safety clothing, such as suitable eye and hand protection.
One of the main dangers in Spot Welding is in the relative simplicity of the equipment and the accessibility of this type of method for many welders. Although the method is relatively simple, it remains, like other welding methods, very dangerous and it is important that the equipment and process is carried out with due care.
To ensure you and your workplace remain safe at all times, it is vital that you are aware of the full set of risks and safety symbols associated to welding. If you ever have any questions or are unsure about anything, it is important that you contact the manufacture of your equipment.
Remember, in Spot Welding, there is a high electrical current used, creating enough energy to melt metal. Not only does this high electrical current pose its own dangers when come into contact with certain materials, but it can lead to severe burns and even death. The molten metal of material used in the welding process too poses its own, very real dangers as well, such as molten droplets of metal and sparks. Both of which are able to ignite flammable liquids and materials. Ensuring your workplace is protected from these hazards is very important.
Back to top Spot Welding Do’s and Don’ts
Whilst Total Welder takes no responsibility for any injury sustained or damage inflicted due to anything related to welding, there are some basic do’s and don’ts which you should be aware of.
Understand the full set of dangerous associated with the welding method. A full set of safety guidelines should accompany the equipment you intend to use, if it doesn’t or you are ever in any doubt, contact your equipment manufacture before installing, using or maintaining you equipment. Familiarise yourself and read all safety standards. Only a qualified person should ever install, use and maintain welding equipment. Always turn of the electrical current after use or in installation and servicing. Because of sparks and risk of fire, remove all flammable materials from where you are welding up to 36ft (11m) away. Where this is not possible, ensure they are covered with non-flammable material. Always have a fire extinguisher close by Always be alert to the potential of fire, whether that is from molten metal dropping or flying sparks Always check the work place after use as smouldering embers can exist and left unextinguished can cause fire. Wear appropriate safety wear such as a hole-free gloves and body protection as well as face shield and safety goggles. Spot Welding can create fumes which may be harmful so make sure you are also wearing the appropriate mask and that you are welding in a well ventilated area. Remember, not only can the current and high temperatures cause injury, but so too can the moving parts in this weld, such as the electrodes, so always be aware. Always leave a cooling off period between welds to ensure the equipment is overused.
- Do not weld on or over combustible or flammable materials, this includes when they are contained. For example, within piping or drums unless they meet the safety standards required by the AWS.
- Do not oversize fuses or circuits and exceed the equipment capacity.
- Do not weld in damp areas as this could pose a danger due to the electricity used.
- Do not weld in unsafe environments, for example where there might be flammable or hazardous gases and vapours in the air.
- Do not touch or interfere with live electrical parts.