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THE BRAZING HEARTH - HEALTH AND SAFETY

V. Ryan 2003 - 2009

 

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The brazing hearth is a very dangerous piece of equipment if misused because it is possible to raise materials to high temperatures. Furthermore, the temperatures are reached through the use of a powerful flame. Some metals can even be heated to such high temperatures that they become molten.
Before anyone uses the brazing hearth - safety training is essential.
The brazing hearth should be well maintained and left in a safe condition after use. The fume extractor must always be used so that any harmful fumes are carried away safely. It is always advisable, when using this equipment, to assume that anything material in the hearth is hot. Never assume that the surface of the brazing hearth is cold as it retains its heat for along time after being used.
It is very important to wear appropriate safety clothing. This will protect the user if an accident occurs.
Our cartoon character Ed the Handyman shows how dangerous the brazing hearth can be if misused.

QUESTION: Study the two pictures below. Which character is wearing the right type of clothing?

   
 

 

 

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS:

When using the brazing hearth always;
Face the brazing hearth.
Turn on the torch slowly and carefully.
Never turn round with the torch, this is highly dangerous.
Concentrate fully on the heating of the material.
When finished heating the material place the torch back onto its rest
Never pick up materials without using tongs and wearing leather gloves.
Allow the material to cool before moving it elsewhere in the workshop.

   
 
   

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