When the full whack of the summer heat is upon you, the last thing you need is to be doing a hard, hot, sweaty job like welding! Well, let's see how you might be able to beat the heat this summer...
There are four main ways excess heat can affect you:
- Excess body heat
- Trapped body heat
- Excess heat from your equipment
- Ambient heat
Let's tackle these one by one.
You can cut down on excess body heat in more ways than one. Firstly, you can cut out food and drink that will produce heat. So instead of going for a red hot coffee, you can grab an iced one. Instead of bringing in the curry leftovers from last night, you could eat a ham and salad sandwich. Also, make sure you keep yourself hydrated so heat can be transferred through the body more efficiently. You can also cut body heat by cutting down on movement and effort. For example, using a flexible neck can minimise unnecessary movement. Using lightweight welding tools that are easier to work with will also cut down on energy expenditure.
Wearing well vented safety clothing that is made from good quality, sweat-wicking materials can help heat to escape. Wearing a cap or bandana can help absorb sweat from your skin, or keep the sun from your face. Using gloves with absorbent linings will also help.
Using the lowest amperage you can get away with can drastically cut down on heat. As you all know, the higher the amperage, the greater the heat produced and sent your way. This also means that you will be able to use a smaller cable and gun.
The attack from ambient heat may be out of your control, but try to minimise it wherever possible. If a job can be done out of the sun's glare, do it. If you are indoors and you can open doors or windows, do it. If you can move your work into a cooler area, do it. Try to locate a powerful fan to cool you off.
Heat can really tire you out, making your work less efficient and more dangerous. Try to use the tips above to keep cool this summer.