What gear you need
Figuring out what PPE is required for welding can be a daunting task. Do you need a jacket or just a helmet? Can you get away with just wearing gloves? These are all common questions, and the answer is that you need it all!
Welding is like an extreme sport; things can go wrong, and you can get hurt. Ensuring that you have the best welding protective gear is vital for you to complete the job right, without burning yourself or your house down. Whether you’re an experienced welder or a complete newbie, you need to have the right welding protective gear to stay safe. You don’t see the Tour de France cyclists not wearing helmets even though they are the best in the world!
The required welding safety equipment includes:
- fire extinguisher
- grinding visor
- steel cap boots.
Whilst these are the necessities to begin welding, we also highly recommend you purchase a welding apron and leather welding spats (these cover your shoes and ankles from hot spatter). We suggest the Lincoln welding apron and the Lincoln electric leather spats. Both are some of the best welding protective gear you can find!
Now that you know exactly what PPE is required for welding, read on to find out our top tips on how to select the best welding protective gear for you!
What to look for in helmets
The head is arguably the most important aspect of a person. It holds your brain, it allows you to see and hear, and it also lets you smile. Protecting your head at all costs should be your priority. That’s why selecting a welding helmet that suits your activities and keeps you safe is super important!
When looking for welding helmets you can become overwhelmed with the number of options. Designed to protect your face, eyes, ears and neck from burns, severe sparks, and ultraviolet and infrared rays, it is important you choose the right one. Selecting the best welding helmet in Australia could prevent you from experiencing serious injuries. Here is a short list about the most important aspects to consider.
- Do they protect your eyes? You want to find a welding helmet that ensures that your eyes are protected at all costs. We recommend an auto-darkening lens as these are a feature on some of the best welding helmets in Australia – check out our article as to why you should opt for an auto-darkening lens.
- Can you see? Selecting a welding helmet that has a large viewing area is beneficial as it ensures that you are aware of your surroundings, at all times.
- Do they meet the safety standards? This should be an obvious one, but always select a welding helmet that meets the Australian safety standards to ensure it is compliant and will actually do what it says.
- Does it protect your lungs? Welding fumes aren’t very good for you. Actually, they are terrible for you. Choosing a welding helmet that offers high respiratory protection is vital.
- How long is the warranty? Whilst this isn’t necessarily about protecting your head, a warranty period reflects the quality of the helmet. The longer the warranty, the better the helmet is at protecting you.
- What brand is it? Now we don’t want to be brand snobs, but ensuring you pick a high-quality and trusted brand can also ensure that your helmet is reliable and great at providing you with optimal protection.
To select the best welding helmet in Australia can be a difficult process. With so many brands and different aspects to look for, it’s easy to feel like making a decision is just too hard. Luckily for you, we have selected a few welding helmets that we believe are some of the best welding helmets in Australia. Check out the Miller Digital Elite Welding Helmet Raptor or the WIA Optic FX Blue Knight Welding Helmet if you need a high-quality protective welding helmet.
Picking the right jacket and gloves
Just like picking the right helmet is important, so is picking the right jacket and gloves. Keeping your hands safe and your body protected is vital for you to stay intact. With sparks flying, and we don’t mean the romantic kind, jackets and gloves are required welding PPE gear and should always be a part of your welding safety equipment check list.
Not all jackets and gloves are created equal, so here is our list of things to look for when selecting welding jackets and gloves.
- You need a welding jacket and a pair of gloves that are fire resistant.
- You need a welding jacket and a pair of gloves that are flexible and durable.
- Both your welding jacket and pair of gloves should use a good quality leather.
- Both your welding jacket and pair of gloves should fit you well and be comfortable.
Selecting the best welding protective gear can be tricky and there is a lot to consider. Just to add to your list of considerations you need to determine whether you are MIG welding or TIG welding (check out our recent article to find out the difference). As MIG welding exposes you to more heat than TIG welding, your welding safety equipment must also recognise this higher danger.
If you’re a little lost for which jacket and gloves are best for you, here are our top picks for the best welding protective gear. The Lincoln Electric Shadow Split Leather Sleeved Welding Jacket is our recommendation for a great welding jacket, and the Premium Quality WIA MIG Gloves are our selection for welding gloves!
Keep a fire extinguisher handy
Things can heat up quickly when you are welding, and accidents can happen. Having a fire extinguisher ready is vital to protect yourself and your home or office space. Fire extinguishers can quickly put out a fire that has been accidentally created by your sparks or by your welding torch.
Have practice with using one and ensure that you know exactly what to do. Knowing how to use one could mean life or death for you and others. Whilst welding protective gear is important for your body, a fire extinguisher not only keeps you safe but everyone around you. So, if you don’t have a fire extinguisher handy yet, go and get one now!
We hope we highlighted just how important welding safety equipment truly is. Welding can be very dangerous, and you must take the necessary steps in purchasing the required PPE gear for welding to keep you and others safe. So, go on and buy the best welding protective gear and start welding without worrying about getting hurt again.
If you’re looking to become the best welder out there, consider reading our buying guide about other welding accessories that we think are the most important!
If you want more information or help in selecting the best welding safety equipment and PPE gear, then check out our website or contact us today!