As a welder, you're well-aware that your work is incredibly important and requires the proper education, training and skills – not only for laying down proper welds, but also for overall safety. There are plenty of wearable products on the market that'll keep you safe from welding sparks and hot metal, including work boots.
You'll also need other quality items specific to welding like a welding apron or jacket, hearing protection and a welding helmet – preferably auto-darkening for convenience and efficiency. When you wear the right gear, you can weld safely.
Know what to wear
Getting ready to weld can be quite a process given the many pieces of apparel involved. Guaranteeing your safety isn't limited to the clothing you wear on top of your regular outfit. What you're wearing underneath also counts. Here are the basics.
- Tie your hair up: If you have long hair, always tie it up before starting work in the shop. This keeps it out of your eyes and away from machinery.
- Avoid synthetic fabrics: Though you'll most likely be wearing a welding coat or apron over your regular shirt, erring on the side of caution is always better. Synthetic fabrics that are exposed to fire can melt into a sticky material that leads to extreme, localized burns, the City of Pasadena Fire Department pointed out. Play it safe and stick to natural fabrics like cotton, linen or wool.
- Wear uncuffed jeans: Denim jeans are thick and help protect the lower part of your body. This is especially important if you weld sitting down. Look for ones that fit well and don't roll the bottoms up. Folds and cuffs can become resting places for sparks, which can be a fire hazard.
- Invest in work boots: Leather boots with high tops are the safest shoes you can invest in. Your jeans should go over the boots to ensure that sparks don't fall in. Needless to say, there are plenty of heavy items around the workplace, so look for steel-toed models for added safety.
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