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    Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 31.

    April 25, 2019

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 31:
    Welding Hazards - Part 1.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 31:
    Welding Hazards - Part 1.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 31:
    Welding Hazards - Part 1.


    In this episode Mark Reggers is joined by guest Craig Leech, NSW Sales Manager and Technical Specialist for Australian Welding Supplies (AWS) to discuss welding hazards.

    When we think welding most of us presume that it is simply the process of permanently bonding two pieces of metal together, however, there is more to welding than meets the eye. Technical matters aside, the world of a welder is filled with hazards, the risk of electrocution, fire and explosion, burns, electric shock, vision damage, inhalation of poisonous gases and fumes, and exposure to intense ultraviolet radiation is a real and present danger.




    Guest Bio:

    In 1982, Craig Leech (pictured left) started as an apprentice welder on the South African railways. He then took the opportunity to come to Australia in the late nineties. His first Australian employer issued him with an auto-darkening welding helmet branded Speedglas. Little did he know he would be selling this brand for the next 20 years.

    Craig Leech is NSW Sales Manager and Technical Specialist for AWS, the sole agent for 3M Speedglas Welding Helmets in Australia and New Zealand. Starting out on the tools he has been in the industry for over 30 years and has been working with AWS supporting the Speedglas brand and welders in the field for over 21 years.

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    In this episode, Mark & Craig discuss the following:

    • What is Welding?
    • What type of industries and areas would you find welders welding?
    • What are the different types of welding processes?
    • What are some of the key hazards that are associated with the various types of welding?

    Welding is a fabrication process that joins materials, typically metals, by using high heat to melt the parts together, then allowing them to cool causing the fusion process to permanently bond them. Welding is used in a wide range of industries and the manufactured goods that utilise this process are everywhere, from the products in your home or workplace, in your means of transportation through to the goods used in your leisure activities. Tune in as we delve into the subject of welding, the different types and processes and the key hazards welders need to protect themselves from with the use of appropriate PPE.


    Additional Resources:

    Contact a 3M Safety Specialist at scienceofsafetyanz@mmm.com for more information.