Potential eye injuries are one hazard of using GMAW equipment.
GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding), also known as MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding, can indeed pose risks to the eyes. The intense light produced by the arc can cause “arc eye” or “welder’s flash”, which is a painful condition resulting from the ultraviolet (UV) light causing inflammation to the cornea.
Apart from the direct effects of UV light, there’s also a risk of hot metal splatter, which can lead to serious eye injuries if proper protective measures are not taken.
To protect against potential eye injuries while using GMAW equipment, welders should always wear a welding helmet with the appropriate shade of lens and safety glasses with side shields. Regular inspections of the protective equipment and proper training on the safe use of welding machines are also crucial.