Welding Protective Clothing
The welding industry and its workers play a vital role in fabricating parts and metals for the structures, vehicles, and various infrastructure all around us. A job of this magnitude is not without its share of on the job risks and hazards. Possible hazards such as sparks and burns as well as the potential for electric shock and heat stress are an everyday concern that workers must be aware of and proactive in prevention.
Burns and Slag or Sparks
Working around metals and machines at hot temperatures make burns and slag, or sparks, a very real hazard. These hazards are dangerous and wearing the wrong type of protective clothing while welding or in the shop can turn these hazards into severe injuries and even fatality. Slag and sparks can stick and burn through clothing that is not flame resistant and not compliant and cause painful burn injuries. These injuries are preventable with items such as welding jackets and other welding clothing.
CARBON ARMOUR welding jackets, pants, coveralls, and various glove options are a smart choice to protect against metal sparks and slag that can stick to regular clothing and cause burn injuries. CARBON ARMOUR welding protective clothing provides flame-resistant protection so that any spark, splatter, or slag from torches, machines, or metals won’t ignite the clothing or cause burn injuries to the wearer.
Welders don’t necessarily need CARBON ARMOUR Silvers, which is aluminized PPE that reflects radiant heat, however, Silvers are an ideal welding clothing option because they will also protect against the high temperatures welders face in shops.
Arc Flash and Arc Rays
Arc welding is distinct from other types of welding and exposes workers to additional hazards such as arc flash and arc rays. Electric welding arcs can cause burns from exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the power supply and point of contact with the metal worked on.
While it doesn’t cause a typical arc flash, this type of welding with an open electric arc or flame can cause a fire and damage due to exposure to the ultraviolet light.
Faceshields are an important part of welding PPE to protect against preventable hazards. National Safety Apparel offers multiple face shield options suitable for various types of welding and are available in different shades and tints to reduce UV exposure and infrared radiation.
CARBON ARMOUR jackets, aprons, pants, and other welding safety clothing can help prevent the same burns that come from other types of welding and from sparks igniting clothing. Check to see which CARBON ARMOUR welding protective clothing options have an arc rating.
Welding shops are hot, especially right at the source of the flame and the epicenter of the job. Heat stress is a hazard that can cause productivity and focus issues, which could then lead to further mishaps and produce dangerous accidents. Heat stress can be prevented with the proper welding protective clothing that also provides flame resistance and other protection like temperature control and moisture management technology.
CARBON ARMOUR base layers provide flame-resistant protection so they won’t ignite if exposed to sparks or any sort of welding particles from flame or metal. Welding clothing, specifically base layer options, are also designed to be breathable, lightweight, and offer moisture-wicking and fast-drying technology for additional comfort.
FR balaclavas are an important piece of welding protective clothing that can help prevent heat stress issues. Thermal protective FR balaclavas provide additional flame-resistant protection when worn under face shields and hoods. High heat balaclavas are made of lightweight materials to remain comfortable during the hottest times in the shop and around open flames.
Since 1935, National Safety Apparel has been manufacturing flame resistant thermal protective clothing, including aprons, jackets, gloves ideal for welding condition. Contact our customer service team to find out more about our welding protective clothing options or get in touch with your regional sales manager to find a distributor near you.