Welding helmets with filter plates are intended to protect users from arc rays and from weld sparks and spatters that strike directly against the helmet. They are not intended to protect against slag chips, grinding fragments, wire wheel bristles and similar hazards, which can ricochet under the helmet. Spectacles, goggles, or other appropriate eye protection must also be worn to protect against these hazards.
Protective Clothing is required and will vary with the size, nature and location of the work to be performed. Clothing should provide sufficient coverage and be made of suitable materials to minimize skin burns caused by sparks, spatter or radiation. Heavier materials, such as wool clothing, heavy cotton or leather are preferred because they don’t deteriorate easily. Materials that may melt or cause severe burn due to sparks are not recommended. Dark clothing works best to reduce reflection of welding rays.
The ANSI standard requires that all welders and cutters wear protective flame-resistant gloves such as leather welder’s gloves which provide the heat resistance required for welding. A gauntlet cuff offers additional arm protection and insulated linings should be used to protect areas exposed to high radiant energy. Other protective clothing may include durable, flame-resistant aprons made of leather or other suitable materials that will provide protection to the front of the body when additional protection against sparks is needed, welding chaps and leather boots
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