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How to Choose Welding Work Clothes

welding work clothes

Welders typically work in harsh conditions such as high temperatures, welding slag splashing, and high radiation. It is easy for them to injure themselves if they do not properly wear protective equipment. Welder clothing is protective clothing worn by welding workers in the factory to provide wear resistance, heat insulation, and fire resistance. To get maximum protection, here’s how to choose welding work clothes.

 

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How to Choose Welding Work Clothes

  • Choose cotton over polyester and other chemical fibers for welding work clothes

Clothing made of polyester or other chemical fibers will turn into liquid and stick to the skin when heated during welding. This is a surefire way to get burns and scalds. While cotton professional clothing is more heat resistant, it only becomes ashes and doesn’t alter shape even if it is burned. 

  • Make sure key stressed parts are reinforced with double-layer leather

To prevent sparks, slag, and other debris from splashing onto the head and shoulders from a height during oxygen welding and cutting, the key stressed parts should be reinforced with double-layer leather. 

  • Adjustable Velcro Upright Collars

Welding suits also have adjustable velcro upright collars that can block the high temperature splashes produced by workers while welding; the shoulders are designed with seam protection strips to increase the durability of welding suits.

  • Maximum Coverage

Welder clothing should be kept dry and not wet, pockets should have flaps, the upper body should cover the waist, trousers should cover the shoes, and there should be no damage, holes, or grease on the welder’s work clothes in the summer.

 

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Welding Clothing Standards

Many industrial regulating agencies require employers to assess occupational risks and provide workers with PPE in order to reduce personnel hazards. For noncompliance, some agencies, such as OSHA, may levy federally mandated fines. Their article 1915.152 goes into detail about PPE policy in the United States. 

Other standards organizations have published documents outlining the requirements for protective clothing. ISO 11611 specifies specifications for two types of welding clothing. It is based on other documents, such as ISO 9150, which addresses the resistance of materials to molten splatter. Finally, ASTM 6413 specifies manufacturing standards for PPE flame resistance.

Waylander Welding Clothing

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