There's a lot of emphasis on safety where welding is concerned because of the many hazards welders are exposed to during the process. These risks include, fire, body injury, and even strain. Whether you're a commercial welder or a DIY welder, you too could benefit from these few tips on how to improve your welding safety by choosing the right gear.
Torch cables/ blow pipes
Whether you're using TIG or MIG welding gear, you will need to use torch cables and blow pipes to feed gas and electrodes to your weld zone. With shorter torches and cables, you will constantly be forced to edge close to the work area. Not only does this strain you after some time, it forces you to place your body, especially your face, closer to the welding area. However, if you choose blow pies and torch cables with longer handles, you will have more flexibility when working. You will also have the choice to keep your body and eyes slightly farther from the work area.
Helmets and goggles with front flips for work fluidity
When choosing head gear, you can either go with goggles or helmets. Goggles are ideal where sparks are not an issue while helmets are best for heavy operations such as grinding or torch cutting. That aside, helmets and goggles with a flipping front allow you to quickly inspect your work when welding without having to take off your gear completely. This not only improves work fluidity, it protects you from any adjacent weld sparks coming from your fellow welders.
Welding screens with wheels for mobility
Weld screens are important when working within demarcated spaces or in public areas. Made of canvas or mesh, these screens trap errant sparks to prevent fires and bodily injury to those nearby. They also provide some level of eye protection to anyone nearby. When buying these screens, opt for those with wheels on their bases. These are easy to transport and adjust around the worksite without having to carry out any heavy lifting.
Welders & plasma cutters
Welders and plasma cutters can be quite bulky. If working on large pieces of work such as vehicles or pipes, you will have to move around a bit with your equipment. This can multiply the level of train you have to deal with at the end of the day. To avoid this, opt for welder machines with wheels and/or long handles. These can easily be moved around without having to bend and lift, thus easing your work load and giving you more time to concentrate on your core tasks.
These small differences in the types of equipment you choose for your work can mean the difference between safety and harm. Stay safe and choose safety gear and welding equipment that lets you do more and worry less.