Products to Keep Your Welders Safe
Here is important welding safety information from Lincoln Electric, one of our trusted manufacturer partners:
- Burns are the most common injury to welders because of sparks landing on exposed skin. Burns from welding arcs are particularly intense.
- Protective products needed for welding include general fire resistant clothing, safety glasses, gloves and helmets.
- Because of its durability and resistance to fire, wool clothing is recommended over synthetic fabrics when arc welding. Synthetic clothing should never be worn because it melts when exposed to extreme heat. Cotton can be worn if it is specially treated for fire retardation.
- Heavy, flame-resistant gloves (made from material such as leather) should always be worn to protect hands and wrists from burns, cuts and scratches. As long as they are dry and in good condition, these specialty gloves will also offer some insulation against electric shock.
- It is essential to protect eyes from radiation exposure. Infrared (IR) radiation can cause retinal burning and cataracts. IR can usually be felt as heat. Ultra-violet (UV) radiation, which cannot be felt, can cause an eye burn known as Welder’s Flash. This condition may not be apparent until several hours after exposure. It can cause extreme discomfort and can result in swelling, fluid excretion and temporary blindness. Normally, Welder’s Flash is temporary, but repeated or prolonged exposure can lead to permanent eye injury.
Safety products for welders available through Hocon Industrial Gas
- welding jackets
- welding helmets
- safety glasses
- fire extinguishers
- welding liners
- filter plates
Contact us to learn more about our line of welding safety products.