I think they are being foolish, and I’m disappointed in the large retail gas suppliers that sponsor these shows, their ads in virtually every camera angle. They should insist that these shows focus on safety and set an example for the new up and coming metal fabricators.
The picture here is one of our favorite customers, David Anthony of David Anthony Customs, a local custom bike builder, decked out in all the proper safety gear.
Proper hearing, eye, breathing and skin protection is easy, and an absolute necessity when you are welding, grinding and heating metal fabricated parts. I wouldn’t have considered not wearing proper eye protection, (a quality helmet with the best optics) gloves, and a long sleeved shirt while welding.
It’s important to think about the other people in the shop as well. I can tell you from experience that there was a couple of times that my Dad got the “sandy eye” feeling as he was indirectly exposed to the arc rays from TIG welding. Here are a couple of links to companies with new and innovative safety products.
I would be interested in your thoughts on new safety products.