Plasma cutting is a simple and efficient way to cut metal. Due to the technology becoming increasingly convenient and user-friendly, plasma cutter use has grown exponentially. From artists and sign makers to farmers and metal fabricators, plasma cutters are now used by many. Yet there are still important safety procedures that must be adhered to when engaging with this technology. In this blog, we break down how to safely use a plasma cutter.
General Safety Information
Firstly, ensure that an authorised personnel with supervision or permission is using the plasma cutting equipment. Before you even begin, warn others around you that you’re about to start operating with a plasma cutter. Also make sure those around you are wearing protective gear, such as goggles and heat resistant clothing.
Wear Protective Gear
Exposure to high molten metal, fumes and other potentially harmful substances can be dangerous. Protect yourself and others by wearing protective plasma cutting gear. This includes: appropriate eyewear, such as a plasma cutting helmet, non-flammable welding aprons and clothing, buttoned up clothing, welding gloves and appropriate footwear, such as leather top steel toe shoes or boots.
The plasma cutter arc can generate intense light rays which can burn your eyes and skin. To protect your skin, it’s imperative that you wear proper clothing as mentioned above. However, eyes need extra protection. This should be in the form of a face shield or safety glasses fitted with an accurate lens shade.
Protect Yourself from Potential Fire Hazards
To protect yourself from potential fire hazards, keep a lengthy distance between your cutting area and any flammable materials, such as fuel, wood and paper. The appropriate distance between your cutting materials and surroundings should be at least 8 metres. Remember to always have a fire extinguisher around in the case of an emergency.
Be Well Grounded and Avoid Electrocution
Plasma cutters have the potential to cause fatal shocks. To avoid this, always wear rubber gloves while cutting in addition to welding gloves. Also be sure to not work in a wet environment. Your plasma cutter should also be correctly grounded and wired by an electrician.
At ACRA Machinery, we have a range of advanced plasma cutter systems. With a combined experience of more than 150 years in the sheet metal manufacturing industry, our team are experts in providing you the right machine for your needs. Call one of our friendly staff members at 03 9794 6675 to get started today.