Metalworking Safety

Between casting iron, grinding, filing, milling, welding, soldering, brazing, plating, and other similar activities, metalworkers are exposed to a set of unique risks and require special training in order to maintain their safety and that of their colleagues. These employees are indispensable in both construction and manufacturing, two of the most dangerous industries in Canada.

Potential Hazards

The most common risks associated with metalworking include, but are not limited to:

Incident Prevention

Incident prevention in the metalworking sector is a two-part process. First, all employees and their supervisors must receive rigorous training so that they may familiarize themselves with the dangers they might face while at work. Naturally, a worker’s experience can speed up the training process, but the latter must never be skipped under any circumstance.

Secondly, the correct use and maintenance of personal protective equipment can mitigate and, in some cases, prevent serious injuries. For example, metalworkers are routinely exposed to dangerous substances and chemicals and must wear respirators, as well as ensure the proper ventilation of the workspace in order to avoid long-term health issues.

Although other injuries are more direct, the same principle applies across most cases. The majority of burns and cuts can be avoided through the use of protective gloves and full-bodied protective clothing, whereas high levels of noise can be reduced with headphones and muffles. Heat stress prevention, on the other hand, requires a more systematic approach where workers are taught to recognize and treat the symptoms as soon as they occur.

Safety Courses Recommended for Metalworking

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

As a metalworker, you have the right to be informed about the dangers of your profession and the steps you can take to maintain your safety. In Canada, your employer is required by law to provide access to the necessary safety courses for both you and your co-workers.

A number of jobs across different industries may involve metalworking. These include:

For an extensive list of safety courses that are appropriate for your line of work, please consult the corresponding industry page and navigate to your specific job.

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