Personal protective equipment (PPE) is important for welders because there are hazards when welding, cutting, and brazing. These hazards can include exposure to metal fumes and UV radiation, burns, shocks, cuts, and broken toes.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  and the American Welding Society (AWS) , the best way for welders to stay safe on the job is to wear head-to-toe protection and use welding safety equipment. Although not all of the following safety measures are required, it’s important for welders to have the right welding protective gear to help prevent work-related injuries.
If the right safety measures are taken, welding can be a satisfying career choice. Delta Technical College offers two programs in welding: Welding Program and Welding & Pipefitting Program. All welding programs at Delta Tech include safety training.
Welding Safety Supplies to Prevent Eye Injuries
- Welding Helmets
A welding helmet is one of the most important pieces of welding safety gear welders use. According to the OSHA fact sheet on eye protection , the radiant energy or light radiation from arcs or flames can cause injuries to welders’ eyes. A lens shade number indicates the amount of light radiation that can pass through the filter on a welder’s helmet. Choosing helmets with the proper lens shade number  is essential to preventing eye damage and should stop exposure to harmful radiation. A proper welding helmet can also protect against sparks reaching a welder’s face or eyes.Auto-darkening filters  (ADFs) on helmets are also suggested by the AWS. ADFs may reduce repetitive stress injuries caused by raising and lowering the filter, and the fixed setting reduces many risks associated with exposure from lifting the filter. A simple welding cap or beanie, which can be worn under a helmet, is often included on welding safety equipment or personal protective equipment (PPE) lists.
- Safety Glasses
Welding Safety Supplies for Full-Body Protection
- Welding Jackets
A welding jacket is standard for any welding safety gear list or PPE list . While leather is often recommended because it isn’t flammable and provides protection, many welders find leather too hot and prefer fire-resistant cotton jackets with leather sleeves. Some welders also choose to wear leather aprons under their jackets for an extra layer of protection.
Welding Safety Equipment for The Work Environment
- Fire Extinguishers
There are some fire risks associated with welding. Arc welding in particular can pose a high fire risk, so all welding shops should have fire extinguishers according to OSHA regulations . It’s also important to remove all hazardous or flammable materials from all welding shops and job sites.
- Grounding Equipment
- Welding Respirators
Begin Your Path to Becoming A Welder
The demand for welders is on the rise, with a projected job growth of 6% nationally through 2026. If you’re interested in becoming a welder, please contact the Admissions Team at Delta Tech for more information about their welding programs.