Arc Welding Safety

Welding Safety
Arc welding is a safe occupation when sufficient measures are taken to protect the welder from potential hazards. When these measures are overlooked, welders can encounter such dangers as electric shock, overexposure to fumes and gases, arc radiation, and fire and explosion. Keeping the arc welding operator in mind, here you will find both mandatory safety practices and those based on shop experience.
Welding Safety FAQs

Electric ShockFumes and GasesFire and Explosion
Miscellaneous Welding Safety
Personal Protective Equipment

Welding Safety Downloads


Weld Fume Control
Lincoln Electric offers a complete line of portable, stationary, and engineered solutions for welding fume control. Our team of safety specialists can assist with your questions and concerns, and provide you with a full compliment of weld fume extraction solutions.  



Publications from American Welding Society

Safety and Health Fact Sheets
Safety in Welding, Cutting and Allied Processes Document - AWS/ANSI Z49.1


Additional Welding and Safety Resources

AIHA – American Industrial Hygiene Associate
AWS – American Welding Society  
EPA – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NEMA – National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
NIOSH – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration