Sep 14, 2012
Institute to introduce new welding safety courseBack
Engineering|Africa|Cleaning|Fire|Safety|Welding|Africa|South Africa|Johannesburg Facility|Southern African Institute Of Welding|Cleaning|Equipment|Maintenance|Mining|Safety Equipment|Services|Etienne Nell|Operations|Radiation
© Reuse this
Although the course has not yet been named officially, Guild says Health and Safety in Welding is an appropriate title for the course.
“The course will not be for welders only. It will provide welders, supervisors and other engineering personnel with useful information about safe working practices related to welding activities in a variety of industries,” he says.
Guild adds that, although all the SAIW’s courses contain safety-related content, this course is the first to focus specifically on safety.
The course will include a two-day optional component providing basic information on the common oxyfuel, arc cutting and welding processes used in industry, as well as information about semiautomated and automated welding processes.
The three-day compulsory component will deal specifically with safety issues, such as regulatory requirements, applicable codes and standards, safety equipment and safe practices related to explosions, fires, fumes and gases, as well as electric shock and light radiation.
“It will look at the influence of the materials being welded, as well as the processes and consumables used for welding. It will also address the threshold-limit values and time-weighted averages,” says Guild.
The training will be presented at the SAIW’s Johannesburg facility. Guild notes that the course is also suitable for in-house training for companies that want to train large numbers of personnel.
Individuals who would like to enrol for the course have to be literate, and experience in welding or engineering will be helpful.
Welding in Mining
“There is pressure on the mining indus- try to improve its safety record. Accidents and hazards related to cutting and welding can be avoided, so welding personnel are expected to improve the integrity of their working practices.
“This course is intended to provide welding and engineering personnel with information to assist them in achieving a zero accident rate and to limit health risks,” he says.
Guild adds that a welding professional who wishes to take up welding in the mining industry has to be aware of the complications and pressures of welding underground.
“Welding sparks can travel up to 5 m and spatter can bounce off the floor and fall through openings. Risks include fires, explosions because of flammable gases, radiation, heat burns, electric shocks, and asphyxiation and illness as a result of the inhalation of toxic fumes from gases used and created in the process.
“In South Africa, the legendary Kinross disaster was caused by a welding accident,” he states.
Guild notes that sound training is the starting point in educating welders and supervisors about the possible hazards and how to guard against them.
“When welders are aware of the safety risks, they are forewarned to take the necessary precautions,” he says.
Such precautions include the removal of combustible material before welding, cleaning all flammable substances from the surface and the use of fire hazard equipment like extinguishers, protective clothing and face shields.
Further, respirators can protect the welder against the inhalation of fumes and gases.
“Other safety precautions include having equipment checked regularly, turning off welding equipment before touching electrical parts and avoiding any moisture while welding,” he notes.
“Clear guidelines to ensure safety in mining are included in various Acts, and the Chamber of Mines has produced a comprehensive guide for safe welding operations in mining,” Guild tells Engineer- ing News.
“The recommendations in the guidelines include doing a risk assessment before any welding is undertaken underground and keeping records of all aspects of cutting and welding operations.
“Cutting and welding underground must be performed only when the necessary safety permits have been issued by opera- tional personnel. Training should include the safe operation, inspection and checking of equipment, as well as the maintenance and repair of equipment,” he says.
Importance of the Course
SAIW training services manager Etienne Nell is preparing the new course and notes that the most important aspect of creating a career in welding in the mining and general industry, while ensuring safety, is training.
“The right training can be the difference between life and death,” he concludes.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Southern African Institute of Welding News
Global leader in industrial gear system design, manufacture and service, David Brown has been delivering highly reliable gear systems to the mining industry for more than 150 years. From CX conveyor drives, large girth gears and mill drives to complete gearbox...
Pressure equipment that is not manufactured, repaired, modified, operated and maintained correctly can be extremely dangerous, particularly to a plant’s operating personnel and to the public, as the system failure of pressure equipment can result in significant...
Local fabrication company ND Engineering, which has extensive experience in the manufacture of equipment for industrial processes using a variety of standard and exotic grades of materials, achieved ISO 3834:2005 compliance for the quality requirements for fusion...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
This Week's Magazine
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
The World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 2014 Living Planet Index (LPI) indicates that there has been a 52% decline in vertebrate species since 1970. The Index tracked the trends of 10 000 discrete populations of over 3000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2010.
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...