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Must-Have Safety Equipment for Welding

Welding Safety Equipment Checklist

A well-dressed welder is a safe welder. Did you know that 90 percent of all workplace eye injuries are preventable with the use of proper safety eyewear? Or that wearing gloves reduces hand injury by 60 percent?

Whether working at a large, manufacturing company or a small, independent fabricator, welders face an array of hazards that can be potentially dangerous. These hazards may include electric shock, fumes and gases, fire and explosions and more.

Equipped with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), welders can stay safe while welding.

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1. Welding Helmet

A helmet is one of the most important pieces of personal protective equipment for a welder. A welding helmet protects the eyes and skin from sparks and potential vision-damaging ultraviolet and infrared rays emitted by the arc.

2. Safety Glasses

Yes, wear safety glasses even when wearing a helmet. Safety glasses with side shields, or goggles, should always be worn to protect your eyes from flying particles.

3. Welding Jacket

A flame retardant welding jacket helps to protect you from flash fire and electric arc flash. It reduces burn injury and increases chances of survival.

4. Protective Gloves

Heavy-duty, flame-resistant gloves should always be worn to protect your hands and wrists from burns, cuts and scratches. Plus, as long as they are dry and in good condition, they will offer some insulation against electric shock.

5. Foot Protection

Protect your feet with sturdy, protective shoes, such as leather boots. Your shoes should be rubber soled, slip resistant, made of sturdy, flame retardant material, cover past your ankle, (6-8 inches tall), and have a steel plate agave the sole for best protection.

6. Flame Retardants Pants

Wear cuffless pants made from a sturdy, flame resistant material that do NOT cuff. Cuffed pant legs are a fire hazard! Your pant leg should fit over the shoe ankle support without an issue.

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Visit Atlas Welding Supply

Founded in 1944, Atlas Welding Supply provides welders with the safety equipment and supplies to do your job better. Visit our Birmingham or Tuscaloosa location to shop for welding safety equipment.

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