Printer Friendly
The Free Library
23,389,518 articles and books


Soldering at O-level: led down the wrong path.

Analysts from our avionics branch have noticed a peculiar trend with Sailors and Marines who solder equipment at organizational-level activities. We frequently see two big problems during safety surveys: people not wearing PPE or not doing required safety training.

Solder is made of a tin and lead alloy, and, as we all should know, lead is dangerous to the human body in large quantities. The amount necessary to affect a person depends on an individual's body, and everyone is different.

We have noticed that most people do not know what type of PPE to wear, which kind of safety training to give, or how often that training should be held. The squadron's safety petty officer and workcenter supervisor, at the very least, should know these answers. They should spread the word and should enforce these procedures. The safety petty officer also should have a current copy of the latest industrial-hygiene (IH) survey. This document provides the necessary information on proper PPE and specific training required. But, as we also have noticed, the IH survey does not identify that avionics does any soldering. We all know that statement isn't reality. The workcenter supervisor should identify this problem as a discrepancy and ask the local industrial hygienist (who normally works at the base safety office) to come over to change the IH survey.

When working with solder, never put it or your hands into your mouth. After every soldering job, wash your hands thoroughly. Workcenter supervisors must make sure their people have all the necessary tools and training to do their jobs correctly. They need to take control of this growing fleet problem. It needs immediate attention. After all, our people are our greatest assets, and we can't lose them over a simple lack of safety awareness.

Senior Chief Thompson is an avionics analyst at the Naval Safety Center.
COPYRIGHT 2004 U.S. Naval Safety Center
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2004 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Avionics
Author:Thompson, Todd
Publication:Mech
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2004
Words:307
Previous Article:Web-Enabled Safety System.
Next Article:RF hazards can kill.
Topics:



Related Articles
Implementing Selective Soldering -- Selective soldering significantly improves the conversion cost and quality of through-hole interconnections in...
Five Steps To Successful lead-Free Soldering: Step 2.
Laser Soldering Applications for RF Shield Rework -- By using one-piece RF shields and lasers for rework, throughput can be increased while...
On The Road To Lead Free -- Several studies report benefits of using lead-free solders, but certain technical issues must be considered before lead...
Five Steps to Successful Lead-Free Soldering: Step 4.
5 Steps to Successful Lead-Free Soldering: Step 5.
Selective soldering--the future is now: optimize your through-hole soldering process down to the pin level.
Beware of "dry joints" and bad glue: solderability is key when avoiding "dry joints.".
Making selective soldering work for you: dip or drag? Which process to choose depends entirely on your product.
More research needed on Sn-Pb alternatives.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters