Safety and Protective Equipment
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Arc rays and spatter can injure eyes and burn skin. Wear correct eye, ear and body protection.
Be sure you are fully protected from arc radiation and spatter. Cover all skin surfaces and wear appropriate eye and face protection from arc burns and burns from sparks or spatter.
1. Keep sleeves rolled down. Wear gloves and a helmet. Use correct lens shade to prevent eye injury. Choose the correct shade from the table below. Observers should also use proper protection.
(Adapted from ANSI Safety Standard Z49.1)
2. Protect against arc flashes, mechanical injury or other mishaps. Wear spectacles or safety glasses with No.2 shade filter lens and side shields inside the welding helmet or hand shield. Helpers and observers should wear similar protection.
3. Wear protective clothing such as heat and fire-resistant jackets, aprons, and leggings. Exposure to prolonged or intense arc radiation can cause injury. Thin cotton clothing is inadequate protection. Cotton deteriorates with this type of radiation.
4. Wear high, snug-fitting shoes. Avoid wearing low or loose shoes which would allow hot spatter to get inside.
5. Wear cuffless pants. By wearing pants with no cuffs, you eliminate a dangerous spark and spatter trap. Pant legs should overlap shoe tops to prevent spatter from getting into your shoes.
6. Wear clean clothes. Do not wear clothing that has been stained with oil and grease. It may burn if ignited by the heat of the arc.
7. Wear ear protection, not only where there is noise, but where there is a chance that spatter or sparks could get into your ears.
8. Wear a leather or fire-resistant fabric cap or other protection to protect your head from sparks or spatter.
9. Protect neighboring workers from exposure to arc radiation. Shield your station with metal or heat-resistant shields. If your station cannot be shielded, everyone within about 75 feet should wear eye protection when welding or cutting is in progress.
10. Assure proper ventilation. Do not breathe welding or cutting fumes.