Over the past few years, you have probably heard the abbreviation ‘PPE’ more often than you would have liked but in welding, PPE has always been present. PPE, short for personal protective equipment, is designed to keep the wearers safe and in an industry like welding, it is crucial that it is worn at all times. In this blog post, we at Code A Weld are going to detail the two main types of welding PPE and why it is so important.
Face coverings for welders come in the form of protective helmets and safety glasses. Helmets are worn to protect the head and neck in case anything in the welding process comes into contact with the welder. This includes weld sparks, fragments and anything in between.
Unfortunately, sometimes the helmet can be bypassed so a second line of defence is needed for the eyes, this is where safety glasses come in. They also help to protect against ultraviolet light. Providing that they are fitted with the correct lenses/filters, safety glasses stop your eyes from becoming burnt and damaged by UV light.
It is not just the head, neck and eyes that need to be covered, the rest of the body needs to be protected as well. This means that welders must wear coveralls and a pair of flame resistant gloves. The coveralls should be black or navy and made from fabrics such as leather, wool or cotton, so that they do not reflect light under the helmet and into the eyes. These materials are extremely durable, meaning that they are very unlikely to burn or melt.
Flame resistant gloves are also of major importance to welders. The hands are the area most likely to come into contact with sparks, fragments, etc, so they need to be thoroughly protected.
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