Welding is an important function in many industries. It is also a job that comes with a variety of hazards. The sparks and molten metal spatter produced when welding can cause serious injury. To protect against these hazards, welders need quality protective clothing and accessories. In turn, that protective clothing must be carefully maintained in order to remain safe and offer maximum protection. CHARNAUD® offers advice on how to inspect and maintain welding gear.
Caring For Welding PPE
The key elements in welding PPC/E are protective clothing, gloves, boots, helmets and masks. Each of these items has a particular life cycle and wears in different ways and over different periods of time. In order to get the most out of each item of welding PPE, it is vital to inspect and care for them correctly.
Protective clothing, such as overalls, jackets and coats, should be checked regularly for wear, tearholes or tears. Repairs must be made as soon as any are found. Gloves must always be checked to ensure that they are the correct fit for the user – snug but never tight. Any signs of wear could compromise safety, as welders use these gloves to handle welding machinery and workpieces that might be hot to the touch. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning and repairing gloves.
Helmets and masks must also be checked to ensure that they are the correct fit. There should be no risk of them slipping off or shifting while the welder is working. Signs of damage, such as scratches and cracks, must be noted immediately. Such masks or helmets should either be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. It is best not to wear masks that have any marks or scratches.
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CHARNAUD® has developed a range of PPE specifically for use by welders and metal workers. METAL-SAFE® includes a head-to-foot® range that offers protection against; radiant heat, molten metal and iron splash, flames and welding splatter.. A portion of the range features garments which are made from fabrics which offer excellent protection from the risks associated with welding and is also flame resistant (FR)
CHARNAUD® is a supplier of quality PPE for a variety of professions. We can help workers of all occupations to protect themselves against the hazards of their daily tasks. Contact us for advice and quotations on PPE for your business.
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