Sunday, 6 November 2011

Choosing a Welding Set - Make Sure You Can Handle It

This is a useful document (INDG 390) by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Manual welding can be a demanding and difficult job. It can involve precision work, with the welder’s body being in a fixed or awkward posture, often in a confined environment. This imposes high muscle loads. Welders also have to handle heavy materials and equipment.

All these factors may increase the risk of workers developing musculoskeletal disorders, such as back problems.

A study found that 51% of welders suffered at least one period of sickness over a two-year period, taking time off work due to disorders of the muscles, joints and tendons.

Welding sets are becoming smaller and lighter in weight so there is more individual manual handling, which can lead to injury if the risks are not properly assessed and managed.

This leaflet can help you identify the risks and manage them effectively. It contains an illustrated ergonomic checklist to help you make the right choice when selecting welding equipment.

Click here > Choosing a Welding Set

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