How to "Correctly" Grind, Cut & Prepare Tungsten Welding Electrodes (11 pages)
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7. SAFETY SUGGESTIONS
Tungsten welding electrodes should never be manually ground on an abrasive belt or wheel (particularly
silicone carbide). The risk of injury when hand (manually) grinding a very hard brittle material like tungsten
is quite high.
It is important to always follow standard safety guidelines when operating high speed
Wear approved safety glasses
No loose clothing which may get caught in moving parts
Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair
Wear safety shoes with non-slip sole
A vacuum system is recommended to remove tungsten, especially thorium dust
Never operate power tools when tired, intoxicated or when taking medication that causes
The most common injuries to the manual tungsten electrode grinder are eye and finger related. Holding
and grinding the tungsten electrode by hand has resulted in burned fingers, laceration to fingers and
splintered tungsten electrodes in hand or fingers.
Eye injury generally occurs from manually grinding tungsten electrodes without a safety shield or safety
glasses. Small slivers of tungsten electrode may become stuck in the operator’s eye.