8. Soldering Safety
Like other electronic works, soldering also poses a few different dangers such as dealing with molten materials, risks of breathing soldering vapour and lead exposure. Lead can also give rise to serious chronic health effects while exposure to rosin contained in solder flux, can cause eye, throat and lung irritation, nose bleeds and headaches. Always go through risk assessments and chemical safety information before starting the work. The general tips to follow are;
· Always wear safety glasses.
· Use gloves if you are handling solder directly
· Refrain from soldering a live circuit, one that powered.
· Hold wires with tweezers or clamps
· Soldering should take place in a well-vented area to avoid caustic and toxic fumes build up that causes eye and throat irritation.
· Stay away from placing the soldering iron on the work surface as it can cause a fire.
· If hot soldering iron falls, do not try to catch it or you might get severely hurt.
· Do not leave flammable stuff near the soldering iron
· Unplug soldering iron when it is not in use
· Leave any soldered surface for a few minutes to cool down before touching it.
· Keep the cleaning sponge wet and ready during the entire process
· Place the soldering iron on its stand when not in use.
· Keep the hot soldering iron away from the cords.
Soldering is not a very difficult process once you understand it. However, for successful soldering, you need to make sure that you use the right tools in the right way with proper safety measures to avoid any unfortunate situation.