Haunted Houses, ghosts & goblins, headless horsemen, and creepy clowns make October a scary month, but there’s all kinds of scary things lurking in your weld shop year-round.
Protecting yourself from flames, sparks, and miscellaneous flying objects doesn’t have to be a scary thing! Here’s a rundown of the basics:
Welding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
A welding helmet is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of welding PPE. Other than a torch, a helmet (like the one worn by Arc-Zone PRO Partner, Nick Mishler -pictured left) is the accessory most associated with welding.
From passive to professional auto-darkening welding helmets, we’ve got what you need to protect your vision. If you need help selecting the proper PPE, start with this handy guide, “Choosing Welding Helmets and Goggles.” And make sure you and everyone in your weld shop are keeping an eye on safety with our “Eye Care for Welders” (pdf) guide. Arc-Zone also has safety goggles, helmet bags for welders on the go, cheater lenses for welders of a certain age, and replacement parts for your helmet.
There’s really not much scarier than not being able to breathe…. it’s your lungs that bring oxygen to your whole body, and a brain without oxygen… is downright frightening! One of the newer additions to the welding PPE must-haves is respiratory protection. Whether you need a more robust respiratory protection system like the Powered Air Purifying Respirator or the easy-to-wear half mask respirator, you can protect your lungs from everything from welding fumes to dust. You can get a pretty comfortable half mask respirator that fits under your helmet for under $30.
So why risk it?
Your lungs are worth it.
Your hands are worth protecting too!
One of the most important tools in your weld shop are your hands. Whether you need heavy duty metal working gloves for rugged jobs, or TIG gloves that are thin enough to offer flexibility and maintain your dexterity, Arc-Zone has your hands covered.
And if you want to keep hearing kids at your door sing out, “Trick or Treat?!” in the years to come, you’ll want to get some hearing protection as well.
At Arc-Zone you can get basic foam ear plugs, or these amazing, noise reducing headphones. Load up your favorite playlist and keep on welding!
Finally, it’s important to not only look the part, but protect your skin from sparks.
Whether you’re looking for the Stryker Flame Resistant jacket our own Joe Welder is wearing (pictured left), sleeves, or the AngelFire™ line of premium welding protection products designed exclusively for women, Arc-Zone’s got you covered.
Bottom line is that welding doesn’t have to be scary… but Halloween does!