Most welders wear ear plugs. Why? Because of noise, sure, but also because of slag entering into their ear canal and harming the ear drum.

The average noise levels can vary throughout the day – depending on the project. During the day of this survey, welders were tacking and fabricating stairs and handrails. However, their typical business is large tanks. Do you think the noise levels might vary depending on what they’re making? I do.

I’d also bet that air monitoring during these events would vary. If the welder is inside a large tank performing welding for a few hours, I’d worry about more than just welding fumes. (some might be: welding gases displacing oxygen, electrical hazards, heat exposure, UV, and also the welding metal and rods).

Be safe out there!