Welding PPE: All You Need to Know

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Welding PPE: All You Need to Know

Welding involves a constant risk of burns, electrical shock, eye damage, cuts, and other injuries to fingers. To be protected from the hazards welders are exposed to on a daily basis in the workplace, it is vital that appropriate protective equipment is worn. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about welding PPE.

Body protection

When performing welding activities, hot sparks can easily fall onto the skin. To protect the body – especially the arms –it is necessary to wear specific welding or fire-resistant clothing, opting for designs that cover the whole arm (e.g.,  long-sleeved t-shirts, shirts, or jackets). You should avoid polyester, acetate and acrylic clothing as these fabrics are highly inflammable.

Hand protection

Hot sparks, heat, and sharp objects can cause severe damage to your hands. For this reason it is essential to wear welding specific gloves. Wearing just any type of cut resistant gloves or fire-resistant gloves will not protect your hands  from the potential hazards.

Eye protection

One of the most important aspects of welding PPE is eye protective equipment as eyes are exposed to bright light, UV rays, sparks, and airborne flying objects during welding. Welders must wear safety goggles or safety googles with a face shield to protect the whole face. Welding helmets with shields are a perfect option as they will provide enhanced protection.

BizWeld Plus Welding Helmet
Welders Gauntlet

Hearing protection

Welding produces  noise levels that can be dangerous for your ears during extended exposure. If workers are exposed to noise hazards over 85 dBA (read our article on ear defender regulations here), hearing protection is required. Welders can choose from earmuffs or ear plugs depending on individual preference.

Respiratory protection

When welding, workers are exposed to dust and toxic fumes. Breathing those fumes can be and can cause severe damage to lungs. After performing air quality tests in the workplace (as specified in the Occupiers Liability Act 1984), welders can understand the type of hazard and identify the best respiratory protective equipment for their specific needs.

Foot protection

Falling objects and flying sparks can also hit the welder’s feet. To be always protected, safety leather boots with steel caps are the best option, together with welding spats and fire-resistant foot covers for enhanced protection.

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