If you have ever lost a part off of your muffler or had your kid’s wagon break, and it is apparent no bolt will fix the problem, welding has probably come to mind. The system of joining two types of material by add certain types of filler material that in turn can form a mega strength bond is an awe inspiring process.
Safety should always be the first point of concern when beginning a welding project. Safety applications such as welding fire blankets and long sleeve welding gloves, may vary project to project. This depends on the type of welding to be accomplished and the environment where the welding will actually take place.
For the welder, there are welding helmets and welding gloves that offer protection. For the area around where the welding will actually occur, there are welding blankets.
Automotive, railway and shipbuilding industries protect finished areas of vehicles, ships, trains and track with welding blankets to lessen fire and burn danger. Fiber glass is usually the material of choice because of its flexibility properties and it resistance to heat at temperatures that are extremely hot.
Welding gloves are another essential item. Nomex fabric with Kevlar stitching gives maximum high temperature protection. When deciding on pair of gloves get in touch with other welders and find out what they like and what they don’t. Check the gripping control for maximum flexibility that can be worn comfortably for long periods. These are key items to consider in the purchase of gloves.
Styles of welding gloves are important and depending upon the project, a gauntlet may be important. A gauntlet is a piece of material that insulates the forearm and protects the wrist from sparks and heat. It acts as protection in long sleeve welding gloves. Other things to consider may be foam lining, Kevlar reinforcements and a reinforced thumb.
Doing experiments is fun. It gives you time to discover scientific stuff, and it stimulates the mind and the learning process at the same time. In the laboratory, specifically a chemical laboratory, there are many tools and substances that can be useful in doing experiments. Some of these substances are flammable, which is why extra precautionary measures, such as the maintenance of fire safety equipment, should be taken into account. Laboratory rules should be strictly implemented to avoid fire at all costs
First, one must thoroughly read the safety information on chemicals. This is available for any chemical in the laboratory, and it is more appropriately called as material safety data sheet. This is very important, because wrong usage could be a burning mistake. So take the time to read, and strictly follow the use for all chemicals and their proper disposal.
Speaking of proper disposal, never throw anything anywhere. Again, read instructions. Chemicals are highly reactive, so even the simple washing down of a chemical down the drain can be catastrophic in due time. This is because some chemicals and solutions don’t easily slip off the drain. Some can even explode when thrown and mixed with others. So always be wary when getting rid of leftovers after each laboratory work.
Next, you should dress appropriately. The laboratory is not a place for fashion, so keep it down and simple. Wear your lab gown, your protective eye gear, and any other equipment for your protection. Accidents can happen anywhere, even in laboratories, and there have been many reports of people stumbling over acids, spilling chemicals on their skin, and setting themselves on fire just because they are not properly dressed.
Also, don’t touch anything with your bare hands. More so, don’t taste or smell anything. Improper handling of chemicals and solutions can be dangerous, so do not shake anything. Simple sniffing can also be very harmful, and if you were instructed to use chemicals inside fume hoods, then use them only there. This way, you could keep yourself away from danger and from possible fire accidents.
Next, do not play inside the laboratory. Act maturely and avoid fooling around at all times. Pay attention to what you are doing and never attempt to do anything that you are not sure of. Ask for instructions, and do not stray away from these. An example is mixing the wrong chemicals or mixing the correct chemicals in wrong amounts. Such rashness could result to explosive results, literally.
Finally, know all the safety equipment inside the laboratory. It’s not enough that you know these, but you should also learn how to use them. Accidents happen without you knowing that they will happen, or otherwise it would not have been an accident. So know where the fire blankets are, the fire extinguisher signs, the eyewash, and the shower. Laboratory fires caused by chemicals and solutions can be hard to put out, so always be cautious when inside the laboratory. Besides, you are experimenting in laboratories to learn, and not to play with fire.